October 30—ST. MARCELLUS, THE CENTURION,
The birthday of the Emperor Maximian Herculeus, in ^^ the year 298, was celebrated with extraordinary feastingand solemnity. Marcellus, a Christian centurion or
captain in the legion of Trajan, then posted in Spain, not
to defile himself with taking part in those impious abominations,
left his company, declaring aloud that he was a
soldier of Jesus Christ, the eternal King. He was at once
committed to prison. When the festival was over, Marcellus
was brought before a judge, and, having declared his
faith, was sent under a strong guard to Aurelian Agricolaus,
vicar to the prefect of the praetorium, who passed
sentence of death upon him. St. Marcellus was forthwith
led to execution, and beheaded on the 30th of October.
Cassian, the secretary or notary of the court, refused to
write the sentence pronounced against the martyr, because
it was unjust. He was immediately hurried to prison, and.
was beheaded, about a month after, on the 3d of December.
Reflection.—" We are ready to die rather than to transgress
the laws of God ! " exclaimed one of the Machabees.
This sentiment should ever be that of a Christian in presence
Benziger Brothers, Rev. Alban Butler, 1894 Publication