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Ss. Donatian & Rogatian

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Saints Donatian & Rogatian


Donatian was a young Christian nobleman from what is now the French city of Nantes, in the late third century. Through his zealous preaching and pious good example, Donatian won many converts, including his older brother Rogatian, who devoutly desired to be baptized himself. At the time, persecution had intensified, so the local bishop had gone into hiding and could not be reached. Donatian was denounced to the local prefect as a professed Christian. He was thrown into prison, where Rogatian soon joined him after rejecting the prefect’s attempts to turn him against his younger brother. The two spent the night praying ardently together that Rogatian’s blood would suffice for the baptism he so deeply desired. The next day, they declared to the prefect their readiness to suffer and die for Christ. They were tortured on the rack, mutilated with spears, and finally beheaded, around the year of Our Lord 290. To this day, a basilica dedicated to the two brothers stands on the former site of their family estate, the location of the first Christian church in the city of Nantes.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for May 24th

AT Antioch, the birthday of St. Manahen, foster-brother of Herod the Tetrarch. He was a doctor and prophet under the grace of the New Testament, and his remains now repose in the city of Antioch.

Also, blessed Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, mentioned by the evangelist St. Luke.

At Porto, the birthday of St. Vincent, martyr.

At Brescia, St. Afra, martyr, who suffered under the emperor Adrian.

At Nantes, in Bretagne, in the time of the emperor Diocletian, the blessed martyrs Donatian and Rogatian, brothers, who, because of their constancy in the faith, were sent to prison, stretched on the rack, and lacerated. Finally, they were transpierced with a soldier’s lance and beheaded.

In Istria, the holy martyrs Zoellus, Servilius, Felix, Silvanus, and Diocles.

The same day, the holy martyrs Meletius, military officer, and two hundred and fifty-two of his companions, who achieved their martyrdom by various kinds of deaths.

Also, the holy martyrs Susanna, Marciana, and Pallada, wives of the soldiers just mentioned, who were put to death with their young children.

At Milan, St. Robustian, martyr.

At Morocco, in Africa, the passion of blessed John de Prado, of the Order of the Discalced Minorites of the Strict Observance, who, whilst preaching the Gospel, was bound, imprisoned and scourged; and after enduring with fortitude many other torments for Christ, terminated his martyrdom by fire.

In the monastery of Lerins, St. Vincent, a priest eminent for learning and sanctity.

At Bologna, the translation of St. Dominic, confessor, in the time of pope Gregory IX.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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