Notre Dame de Rouen. The façade of the Gothic Church in France. Photographer: Hippo1947. Licence: SHUTTERSTOCK.

Tuesday 18 June 2024

Saint Mark And Saint Marcellianus. Martyrs. Feast Day, Today, 18 June.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Mark And Saint Marcellianus.
   Feast Day 18 June.


Red Vestments.

Saint Mark and Saint Marcellianus.

Brothers by birth, Mark and Marcellianus were brothers especially because they generously shed their blood for the sake of Christ (Alleluia). Persecuted for their Faith, like the Prophets and the Apostles (Gospel), they were arrested under Emperor Diocletian and were nailed by the feet to a post, where they remained hanging.

The Holy Ghost, Who filled their hearts with the Holy Love of God and the hope of an Eternal reward, sustained them in their torments (Epistle) and protected them in their tribulations (Introit). “Never”, they exclaimed, “have we enjoyed such delights as those we feel in suffering for Jesus Christ.”

After a day and night of suffering, they were pierced with arrows, in 286 A.D., and their Souls, “delivered like the sparrow from the bird-catcher’s net” (Offertory), entered for ever “into the Kingdom which had been prepared for them from the beginning of the World” (Communion).

On this day, The Anniversary of the Heavenly Birth of these two Holy Martyrs, let us ask God, through their Intercession, to deliver us from all the ills that threaten us (Collect).

Mass: (In Paschaltide): Sancti tui.
Mass: (Out of Paschaltide): Salus autem.
Rest of the Mass is Proper to the Feast.

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