Saint of the Day ~ December 22

SAINT CHAEREMON of NILOPOLIS (?-c.250), bishop and martyr

Today, the Church honors Saint Chaeremon of Nilopolis, a servant of God who, while advanced in age, suffered the fate of so many other Christians of his day under the ruthless persecutions of the Roman Empire.

Chaeremon was bishop of Nilopolis, a small island in the middle of the Nile River south of Memphis in Egypt. He was quite elderly when Emperor Trajanus Decius began the intense persecution of Christians near the middle of the third century.

Many of the Christians who lived in Egypt during this era were driven out into the desert. There they died in a variety of ways: hunger, thirst, cold nights, wild animals, criminals. Naturally, if the Christians tried to return to civilization, they were killed. Those Christians, however, who were young and healthy were kept and sold into slavery.

It was reported that Bishop Chaeremon and his companions were driven into the desert and sought shelter in the mountains of Arabia, where they were martyred about the year 250. Very little else is written on the life of this devoted pastor of the Church, other than he gave his life for the faith which he embraced and served.

We commemorate his feastday on December 22.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.com and holyspiritinteractive.net)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for One Martyr)

“All-powerful and Ever-living God, You gave Saint Chaeremon the courage to witness to the Gospel of Christ, even to the point of giving his life for it. By his prayers, help us to endure all suffering for love of You and to seek You with all our hearts, for You alone are the Source of life.

“Grant 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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