Saint Basilides & Companions, Martyrs

June 12

Today is the feast day of Saint Basilides & Companions, Martyrs. Orate pro nobis.

Sts Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor, and Nazarius were all soldiers martyrs at Rome.  On the Aurelian Way, during the persecution of Diocletian and Maximian, and under the prefect Aurelius, the birthday of the holy martyrs Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor, and Nazarius was June 12.  All these soldiers were cast into prison for the confession of the Christian name, scourged with knotted whips, and finally beheaded. (1)

In the Roman Martyrology and that of Bede for 12 June mention is made of four Roman martyrs, Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor, and Nazarius, who suffered death under Diocletian. Their names were taken from the “Martyrologium Hieronyanum”, in the Berne manuscript of which (ed. De Rossi-Duschesne, Acta SS., Nov. II [77]) we read: Romæ, via Aurelia miliario V, Basiledis, Tribuli, Nagesi, Magdaletis, Zabini, Aureli, Cirini, Nabori, Nazari, Donatellæ, Secundæ. (2)

The quartet is mentioned in the sacramentaries of Pope Saint Gelasius and Saint Gregory the Great as interred on the Aurelian road.

In 756, Saint Chrodegang, bishop of Metz procured the relics of several martyrs from Rome. He placed those of Nazarius in the abbey of Lorch in the diocese of Worms and those of Nabor in that of Saint Hilary (now corrupted to Saint Avol’s) in the diocese of Metz (Benedictines, Farmer, Husenbeth). (1)

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  1. https://brightonoratory.org/2012/06/12/todays-saint-st-basilides-companions-martyrs/
  2. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10728b.htm
  3. http://www.christianhistoryproject.org/to-the-constantine-era/diocletian/theban-legion/

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