Martyr (d. ca. 304)
+ According to ancient traditions, Pancras (or Pancratius) was an orphan who was brought to Rome by his uncle, Saint Dionysius.
+ After converting to Christianity, Pancras was martyred for his public profession of the Christian Faith.
+ Devotion to Saint Pancras was quite popular in the Middle Ages, especially in England where Saint Augustine of Canterbury dedicated to first church in England to the young martyr.
+ Saint Pancras is honored as a miracle worker and as one of the patron saints of children.
For prayer and reflection
At that time Jesus exclaimed,
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones.”—Matthew 11:25-26
Also celebrated in the liturgy on this day are the second century martyrs Nereus and Achilleus. These Roman soldiers, serving under the Emperor Trajan, were converted to Christ and ultimately martyred for their faith.
May your Church rejoice, O God,
confident in the intercession of the Martyr Saint Pancras,
and by his glorious prayers
may she persevere in devotion to you
and stand ever firm.
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.
(from The Roman Missal)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.