March 5 – Sts. Adrian and Eubulus
Sts. Adrian and Eubulus, Martyrs
In the seventh year of Diocletian’s persecution, continued by Galerius Maximianus, when Firmilian, the most bloody governor of Palestine, had stained Caesarea with the blood of man illustrious martyrs, Adrian and Eubulus came out of the country called Magantia and Caesarea, in order to visit the holy confessors there. At the gates of the city they were asked, as others were, whither they were going, and upon what errand. They ingenuously confessed the truth, and were brought before the president, who ordered them to be tortured and their sides to be torn with iron hooks, and then condemned them to be exposed to wild beasts. Two days after, when the pagans at Caesarea celebrated the festival of the public Genius, Adrian was exposed to a lion, and not being dispatched by that beast, but only mangled, was at length killed by the sword. Eubulus was treated in the same manner two days later. The judge offered him his liberty if he would sacrifice to idols; but the Saint preferred a glorious death, and was the last that suffered in this persecution at Caesarea, which had now continued twelve years, under three successive governors, Flavian, Urban, and Firmilian. Divine vengeance pursuing the cruel Firmilian, he was that same year beheaded for his crimes, by the emperor’s order, as his predecessor Urban had been two years before.
Reflection- It is in vain that we take the name of Christians, or to pretend to follow Christ, unless we carry our cross after Him. It is in vain that we hope to share in His glory, and in His Kingdom, if we accept not the condition. We cannot arrive at Heaven by any other road but that which Christ held, Who bequeathed His cross to all elect as their portion and inheritance in this world.
Taken from the “Pictorial Lives of the Saints: with Reflections for Every Day in the Year”