Marcellus

When the birthday of Emperor Maximian was celebrated in the year 298, Marcellus, a centurian and a Christian  was stationed in Spain.  He refused to take part in the sacrifices offered to the gods.  He threw down his arms and the vine branch, the mark of his dignity, and declared himself a Christian.  Having learned of this fact, Anastasius Fortunatus, the Prefect of the legion, commanded Marcellus to be cast into prison.  When Marcellus was brought before the Prefect after the feast who asked why he did this.  St. Marcellus said that it was because of his religion.  The Prefect said he would have to put the case before Maximian and Caesar Constantius.  Constantius was favorable to the Christians but Marcellus was sent, under heavy guard, to Aurelaian Agricolus, vicar to the Prefect of the praetorian.  He was then in Tangier in Africa.  After admitting that he was a Christian, he was condemned to death for the desertion and impiety.  The notary of the court, Cassian, refused to write the sentence which he said was unjust.  Then he, too, was condemned to death.  St. Marcellus was beheaded on October 30 and Cassian suffered death on the third following December.

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