SAINTS CRISPIN AND CRISPINIAN, MARTYRS.

FEAST DAY:  OCTOBER 25TH

[The following is from the book: PICTORIAL LIVES OF THE SAINTS compiled from "BUTLER'S LIVES" AND OTHER APPROVED SOURCES.  BENZIGER BROTHERS, 1899.]

THESE two glorious martyrs came from Rome to preach the faith in Gaul toward the middle of the third century. Fixing their residence at Soissons, they instructed many in the faith of Christ which they preached publicly in the day, and at night they worked at making shoes, though they are said to have been nobly born, and brothers. The infidels listened to their instructions, and were astonished at the example of their lives, especially of their charity, disinterestedness, heavenly piety, and contempt of glory and all earthly things: and the effect was the conversion of many to the Christian faith. The brothers had continued their employment several years when a complaint was lodged against them. The emperor, to gratify their accusers and give way to his savage cruelty, gave orders that they should be convened before Rictius Varus, the most implacable enemy of the Christians. The martyrs were patient and constant under the most cruel torments, and finished their course by the sword about the year 287.

REFLECTION.-Of how many may it be said that "they labor in vain," since God is not the end and purpose that inspires the labor!

 

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM BUTLER'S LIVES OF THE SAINTS

 SS. CRISPIN AND CRISPINIAN, MM.

 [See Tillemont, t. iv. p. 461 ; Bosquet, [list. Eccl. de France, lib. v. c. 156; Le Mollie, Hist. Antiqu. Soissons, Paris, 1771, t. i. p. 154. 'I he new Paris Breviary, and Baillet from ancient Martyrologies ; for the acts of these martyrs are of small authority.]

A.D. 287.

THE names of these two glorious martyrs are not less famous in France than those of the two former at Rome. They came from Rome to preach the faith in Gaul towards the middle of the third century, together with St. Quintin and others. Fixing their residence at Soissons, in imitation of St. Paul they instructed many in the faith of Christ, which they preached publicly in the day, at seasonable times ; and, in imitation of St. Paul, worked with their hands in the night, making shoes, though they are said to have been nobly born, and brothers. The infidels listened to their instructions, and were astonished at the example of their lives, especially of their charity, disinterestedness, heavenly piety, and contempt of glory and all earthly things ; and the effect was the conversion of many to the Christian faith. The brothers had continued this employment several years, when the Emperor Maximian Herculeus coming into the Belgic Gaul, a complaint was lodged against them. The emperor, perhaps as much to gratify their accusers as to indulge his own superstition, and give way to his savage cruelty, gave order that they should be convened before Rictius Varus, the most implacable enemy of the Christian name, whom he had first made governor of that part of Gaul, and had then advanced to the dignity of prefect of the prmtorium. The martyrs were victorious over this most inhuman judge, by the patience and constancy with which they bore the most cruel torments, and finished their course by the sword about the year 287. They are mentioned in the Martyrologies of St. Jerom, Bede, Florus, Ado, Usuard, &c. A great church was built at Soissons in their honour, in the  sixth century, and St. Eligius richly ornamented their sacred shrine.

     From the example of the saints, it appears how foolish the pretences of many Christians are, who imagine the care of a family, the business of a farm or a shop, the attention which they are obliged to give to their worldly profession are impediments which excuse them from aiming at perfection. Such, indeed, they make them; but this is altogether owing to their own sloth and malice. How many saints have made these very employments the means of their perfection? St. Paul made tents; SS. Crispin and Crispinian were shoemakers; the Blessed Virgin was taken up in the care of her poor cottage ; Christ himself worked with his reputed father; and those saints who renounced all commerce with the world, to devote themselves totally to the contemplation of heavenly things, made mats, tilled the earth, or copied and bound good books.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  Saints Crispin and Crispinian, please pray for (state your prayer request).

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