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Saints Sergius and Bacchus, Martyrs (d. 303)

Saints Sergius and Bacchus, Martyrs (d. 303)

Patron saints of Syria

Feast day: October 7

Sergius was an officer in the Roman army under Emperor Maximilian. He was well-liked by the emperor until he admitted to being a Christian after he and his fellow officer, Bacchus, refused to enter the temple of Jupiter.

In addition, they refused to sacrifice to the pagan gods. To humiliate Sergius and Bacchus, they were paraded through the streets in women’s clothing and then sent to be scourged. Bacchus died during the scourging, but Sergius was tortured further and then beheaded.

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