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Saints Basilides and Companions

Martyrs.  

Basilides is believed, on the evidence of some early records, to have been martyred at Rome at the end of the third century. Of Cyrinus, Nabor, and Nazarius nothing is certainly known. But in later days the following account of these four men came to be widely received. They were said to have been Roman soldiers, of illustrious birth and distinguished gallantry. And having embraced the Christian religion, and being found publishing that Christ is the Son of God, they were arrested in the time of the Emperor Diocletian. And because they refused to sacrifice to the gods, they were committed to prison. Wherein, whilst they were at prayer, a brilliant light broke forth, and shone through all that dark place. And the keeper of the prison and many others were moved to believe in the Lord Christ. Whereupon all four of them were set free, until the reign of the Emperor Maximian, when they were again arrested, and this time tormented with whips loaded with metal, and again cast into prison. Whence, on the seventh day, they were brought out, and set before the Emperor. When they still persisted in mocking at the foolish idols, and in declaring that Jesus Christ is God, they were condemned to death and beheaded, and their bodies given to wild beasts to eat; but, as the creatures would not touch them, the Christians took them, and buried them honourably.

Collect

GRANT, O Lord, that these our supplications may worthily glorify the heavenly birth of thy blessed Martyrs, Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor, and Nazarius: that, like as their excellence obtained for them the rewards of everlasting glory; so we by our devotion may be counted worthy of the same. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Anglican Breviary, Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation, Inc., New York, 1955, pages 1241, 1242



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