Today we celebrate the Feast Day of Sts. Marcellinus and Peter.
Here's what you need to know...
Marcellinus, a priest and Peter, an exorcist were martyred around the year 304, during the Diocletianic Persecution.
Almost nothing is known about the two. We do know that they were highly venerated by the Early Church because their names are in the first eucharistic prayer and a basilica was built over their burial site.
HERE’S A GOOD SPOT
Pope Damasus I did give an account of their death, which supposedly came from their executioner—who apparently became a Christian after their deaths.
Damasus' account says that Marcellinus and Peter were lead three miles outside the city of Rome, so other Christians could not have a chance to bury and venerate their bodies.
The two saints happily cleared the spot chosen for their death: a thicket overgrown with thorns, brambles, and briers. They were beheaded and buried there.
Two women, Lucilla and Firmina, assisted by divine revelation, found the bodies, however, and gave them a proper burial.
WHY THEY MATTER
Remember, the Body of Christ is a living body that spans throughout space and time. If Marcellinus and Peter were so highly venerated in the Early Church, than they should matter to us too.
Happy Feast Day.
Sts. Marcellinus and Peter, ora pro nobis!