Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
Saints Nazarius and Celsus, Martyrs.
Pope Saint Victor I. Martyr.
Pope Saint Innocent I. Confessor.
Feast Day 28 July.
Saint Nazarius on a horse.
Fresco of 1480.
Artist: Giovanni Antonio Merli (?)
Photo: 29 September 2007.
Source: Own work.
English: Saint Nazarius and Saint Celsus (standing figures).
The kneeling figure is a donor named Altobello Averoldi.
Deutsch: Auferstehung Christi (Averoldi-Altarpolyptychon),
linke Tafel, Szene unten: Hl. Nazzarus und Hl. Celso und betender Stifter.
Artist: Titian (1490–1576).
Current location: San Nazzaro e Celso Abbey, Italy.
Source/Photographer: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei.
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The Church honours today several Saints who lived at different times and in different Countries.
Saint Nazarius, Baptised by Pope Saint Linus at Rome, in his turn Baptised young Saint Celsus, who was born at Cimiez, near Nice, France. They betook themselves to Milan, Italy, where they were arrested by the pagans and beheaded about the year 68 A.D.
In 395 A.D., their bodies were discovered and, in the tomb of Saint Nazarius, was found a phial of his blood, as red as if it had been shed that very day.
Pope Saint Victor I, born in Africa, succeeded Pope Saint Eleutherius on the Pontifical Throne. Pope Saint Victor I fixed the date of Easter for the whole Church, according to the rules observed still now. He also decided that anyone might Baptise, in cases of necessity, with un-Blessed water. He was Martyred, under Emperor Septimus Severus, in 202 A.D.
Pope Saint Innocent I was born at Albano, Italy, and was a contemporary of Saint Augustine and of Saint Jerome. The latter wrote of him: "Keep the Faith of Saint Innocent, who fills The Apostolic Chair, and who is the successor and spiritual son of Anastasius, of happy memory; receive no other Doctrine, however wise and attractive it may appear." He died 417 A.D.
Mass: Intret in conspéctu.