Saints in the Roman Canon (Part 20)

In the Roman Canon, after Chrysogonus, we find John and Paul.
John and Paul were brothers. As distinguished Romans, they were entrusted with high
positions of honor at the court of St. Constantia, a daughter of Constantine the Great. When
she had retired from the world, the two brothers lived as “Men of Mercy,” devoting themselves
to works of charity. The apostate, Emperor Julian, wished to compel them to sacrifice to the
idols, and to enter his service; but such an order they rejected with contempt. And, for this
reason, Julian had them secretly decapitated in their own palace, which stood on Mount
Coelius, on June 26, 362. On this site, as early as the fourth century, the Church of Sts. John and
Paul was built in honor of the martyred brothers. Their bodies rest in a magnificent
sarcophagus under the high altar. In the nave of the church, surrounded by an iron railing, may
be seen the marble slab which was stained with their blood and which annually on their feast
(June twenty-sixth) is strewn with flowers.
St. John and St. Paul, pray for us!
For the Greater Glory of God,
Fr. Matt