The First Martyrs of Rome


From Catholic Culture:

This memorial is in honor of the nameless followers of Christ brutally killed by the mad Emperor Nero as scapegoats for the fire in Rome. The pagan historian Tacitus and St. Clement of Rome tell of a night of horror (August 15, 64 A.D.) when in the imperial parks Christians were put into animal skins and hunted, were brutally attacked, and were made into living torches to light the road for Nero’s chariot. From 64 to 314 “Christian” was synonymous with “execution victim.”

“You will be hated by all for my name’s sake (Mt 10:22).”

“The devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour (1 Pet 5:8).”

“The accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death (Rev 12:10-11).”

Maranatha!

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~ by Rob on June 30, 2006.

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