ST VENANTIUS, MARTYR; FEAST DAY: MAY 18
Venantius, a fifteen I years old boy and a native of Camerino, was tried before Antiochus, governor of the town under Decius, at the city gate for being a Christian.
The governor tried to influence him with promises and threats for a long time, and then ordered him whipped and heavily chained.
An angel miraculously released him, and he was then burned with torches and hung face down over a fire. Again before the governor, he had his teeth knocked out and his jaw broken and, with these injuries, was thrown into a dung pit.
An angel rescued him, and again he faced a judge. While Venantius was addressing him, he fell from the judgment seat and died exclaiming, “The God of Venantius is the true God; destroy our gods.”
After new and refined tortures, he was, at last, beheaded with ten others and his glorious struggle ended. The Christians buried their bodies in a place of honour, and they now rest in the church dedicated to Venantius at Camerino.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964