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Saint of the Day – 18 May – Saint Venantius of Camerino (Died c 250) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 18 May – Saint Venantius of Camerino (Died c 250) Martyr – born in c 235 and died by beheading in c 250 at Camerino, Italy.   St Venantius was a 15-year-old who was tortured and martyred by decapitation at Camerino during the persecutions of Decius.   Martyred with him were 10 other Christians, including the priest St Porphyrius, Venantius’ tutor and St Leontius, Bishop of Camerino.   Patronages – Camerino and Raiano.San_Venanzio_di_Camerino_A

St Venantius was born at Camerino in Italy and at the age of fifteen was seized as a Christian and carried before a judge.   As it was found impossible to shake his constancy either by threats or promises, he was condemned to be scourged but was miraculously saved by an angel.   He was then burnt with torches and hung over a low fire that he might be suffocated by the smoke.   The judge’s secretary, admiring the steadfastness of the Saint and seeing an angel robed in white, who trampled out the fire and again set free the youthful martyr, proclaimed his faith in Christ, was baptised with his whole family and shortly after won the martyr’s crown himself.st venantius sml

Venantius was then carried before the governor, who, unable to make him renounce his faith, cast him into prison with an apostate, who vainly strove to tempt him.   The governor then ordered his teeth and jaws to be broken and had him thrown into a furnace, from which the angel once more delivered him.   The Saint was again led before the judge, who at sight of him fell headlong from his seat and expired, crying, “The God of Venantius is the true God, let us destroy our idols.”   This circumstance being told to the governor, he ordered Venantius to be thrown to the lions but these brutes, forgetting their natural ferocity, crouched at the feet of the Saint.   Then, by order of the tyrant, the young martyr was dragged through a heap of brambles and thorns but again God manifested the glory of His servant the soldiers suffering from thirst, the Saint knelt on a rock and signed it with a cross, when immediately a jet of clear, cool water spurted up from the spot.

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St Venantius is hung upside-down over a fire and then thrown to the lions.   Wall mural from St Venantius Church, Horgenzell.
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St Venantius of Camerino by Scarsellino
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St Venantius and the Lions
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St Venantius is decapitated and then buried.

This miracle converted many of those who beheld it, whereupon the governor had Venantius and his converts beheaded together in the year 250.   The bodies of these Martyrs are kept in the church at Camerino which bears the Saint’s name.st venantius

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One thought on “Saint of the Day – 18 May – Saint Venantius of Camerino (Died c 250) Martyr

  1. 5 this legend or something else for that God would intervene so much and then all martyred. I am awestruck!

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