Saint of the Day ~ May 24

SAINTS DONATIEN AND ROGATIEN (?-c.287), martyrs

Today, the Church honors Saints Donatien and Rogatien, who were brothers and were martyred together for their faith in the third century, about the year 287.

They were born to a Roman family in Nantes, Brittany, a province in Northwestern France, and Donatien, a young nobleman, was the first to convert to Christianity, becoming an ardent witness to the faith after receiving Baptism and who zealously evangelized, encouraging others to embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ.

His witness was reported to be so inspiring that his brother, Rogatien, who had been resistant or indifferent at first, was moved by his example and also converted to the Christian faith.

However, the persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperor Diocletian was underway at this time, and both brothers were arrested before Rogatien was able to be baptized. The brothers spent the night in jail together in prayer. The next day, after refusing to deny their faith, they were tortured on the rack, and then beheaded. Thus, the Baptism of Rogatien was a Baptism of blood through his martyrdom for the faith.

In the fifth century, a church was built over the tomb where they were buried together. Today, it is called the Basilica of Saint Donatien and Saint Rogatien, located in Nantes, France.

We commemorate their joint feastday on May 24.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, catholic.org/saints and jesus-passion.com)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for Several Martyrs)

“Lord, You gave Your martyrs Donatien and Rogatien the privilege of shedding their blood, boldly proclaiming the Death and Resurrection of Your Son. May this celebration of their victory give them honor among Your people.

“We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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