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അനുദിന വിശുദ്ധർ (Saint of the Day) July 2nd – St. Processus & Martinian

അനുദിന വിശുദ്ധർ (Saint of the Day) July 2nd – St. Processus & Martinian

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അനുദിന വിശുദ്ധർ (Saint of the Day) July 2nd – St. Processus & Martinian

Martyrs buried on the Aurelian Way. According to tradition, they were two Roman martyrs who were much venerated in the Eternal City, including having a basilica on the Aurelian. They joined the Apostles Peter and Paul in the Mamertine Prison in Rome before their executions. A spring flowed miraculously in the prison, and Processus and Martinian, both wardens, were baptized in the miraculous waters. Their relics are preserved in St. Peter’s Basilica. Their cults have been limited to local calendars since 1969.

Saints Processus and Martinian are great saints that the Church celebrates on July 2nd. They were the prison guards in the Mamertime Prison that were assigned to St. Peter and St. Paul. This was the period just prior to St. Peter’s execution, as well as St. Paul’s death.

They were converted and baptized by St. Peter after a spring flowed miraculously in the prison, and the two wardens were baptized in the miraculous waters. They were martyred along with Paul after being arrested and tortured, because of their conversion to he faith. They were beheaded by order of the emperor Nero. After their martyrdom, a woman called Lucina is said to have buried them in her own cemetery. Many miracles were said to have happened after their death and burial.

Peter Miraculously made the water necessary for their baptism flow from the stone in that prison, in order to start the “conversion” of these two guards. The judge Paulinus even sought in vain to dissuade them in every way with horrendous tortures. When this was not successful, they were decapitated and put on public display, all because of their conversion to Christianity.

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