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Sts. Marcellinus and Peter: The Honored Christian Martyrs

by Russell Fleur F. Gallego

Sts. Marcellinus and Peter are Christian martyrs during the 8th century. The memorial of their martyrdom is every 2nd of June.

Here are some details of the honoured martyrs:

  • They were beheaded during the persecutions under Diocletian, after being forced to dig their own graves in a hidden spot.

  • According to an account during the 6th century, their bodies were miraculously revealed and were buried in the catacombs of St. Tiburtius.

  • In 827, Pope Gregory IV sent the relics of Sts. Marcellinus and Peter to Germany, and deposited at Seligenstadt, which is near Frankfurt.

  • They were the most honoured of all the early Christian martyrs during the time of Pope Damasus.

  • As per Pope Damasus, when he was still a boy, he had heard the details of the execution from the executioner who has later became a Christian. Also, through the martyrdom of the 2 honored martyrs, Pope Damasus stated that God has given us proof of his constant presence in the Church.

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