SS SOTER AND CAIUS, POPES AND MARTYRS – MEMORIAL: APRIL 22
Born at Fondi in Campania, Soter passed the decree prohibiting consecrated virgins from touching the sacred vessels or acting as thurifer in the church. He also decreed that everyone except those in mortal sin should receive Holy Communion on Holy Thursday. He was martyred under Marcus Aurelius and buried in what was later called the cemetery of Callistus.
HE WAS BURIED IN THE CEMETERY OF CALLISTUS
Caius was a native of Dalmatia and a relative of Diocletian. He decreed that the office of bishop should be reached through the orders of porter, reader, exorcist, acolyte, subdeacon, deacon, and priest. He hid in a cave for a time to escape Diocletian’s cruel treatment of Christians, but after eight years he and his brother Gabinus were martyred and together were buried in the cemetery of Callistus.
O Eternal Shepherd, look with favour upon your flock. Safeguard and shelter it forevermore through blessed Soter and Caius, your Martyrs and Supreme Pontiffs, whom you constituted shepherds of the whole Church. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964