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Saint of the Day – 22 September – Saint Septimius of Jesi (Died c 307) Bishop, Confessor, Martyr

Saint of the Day – 22 September – Saint Septimius of Jesi (Died c 307) the first Bishop of Jesi, Confessor, Martyr., Miracle-worker Born in Germany and died by being beheaded in Jesi, Italy. Patronages – the City and Diocese of Jesi. Also known as – Settimio.

St Septimius is venerated as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Jesi and is considered the builder of the first Cathedral,which, although dedicated to the Holy Saviour retained the name of Septimius as the name of the founder (as was the custom).

Fresco of St Septimius, by Biagio Bigatti, 1937. Iesi Cathedral.

Very ancient documents from Jesi, bear 461 as the date of the death of the holy Bishop and Martyr, however, this date seems to be in error when contrasted with the other historical events of the time. The office tells us that Septimius, born in Germany, devoted himself to liberal studies and a military life, then, in contrast to the opinion of his relatives, he converted to Christianity and came to Italy with some friends.

He began to preach the faith in Milan but was forced to leave that City, following the spread of Diocletian’s persecution. He travelled to Rome where he worked wonders and converted many to the True Faith. He was so successful in evangelising the pagans and became so renowned for the many miracles worked through his prayers, that Pope Marcellus I (308-309) Consecrates him as the Bishop of Jesi.

Septimius began immediately his pastoral mission and, at the same time, began the work of building a Cathedral. But in this City he found the Judge Florentius, who forbid him to continue his apostolate and gave him the ultimatum to sacrifice to the gods within five days, according to the imperial edict. Septimius, however, ignored Florentius’ demands and continues to preach the Gospel of Christ and convert pagans and perform miracles, At the end of the five days, Septimius was arrested and beheaded.

Although his place of burial was lost, by 1208 the Cathedral was named for him, His body was finally rediscovered in 1469 and translated to the Cathedral. In 1623 a new Altar was Consecrated to him where his body is now enshrined. His cult, however, had always been venerated because the Cathedral of Jesi was already dedicated to St Septimius.

Until 1623, St Septimius’ celebration was on 5 September and after that year, it was fixed at 22 September. St Septimius is the Patron Saint of the City of Jesi and of the Diocese, which he had established.

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