CYRIACUS the Deacon, with Sisinius, Largus, and Smaragdus, was for a long time shut in prison, and performed many miracles; among these, he released Arthemia, daughter of Diocletian, from a demon by his prayers: and being sent to Sapos, king of Persia, he delivered also Jobia, his daughter, from an evil spirit. And having baptized the king her father with four hundred and thirty others, he returned to Rome: where he was arrested on the orders of the Emperor Maximian, bound in chains, and dragged before his carriage.And after four days he was brought out of prison, covered in molten pitch, and stretched on a scaffold, and finally together with Largus and Smaragdus, and twenty others, beheaded with an axe on the via Salaria by the Sallustian gardens. Their bodies were buried on the same road by John the priest on the sixteenth of March, and later, on the eighth of August, by Pope Marcellus and the noble lady Lucina they were wrapped in linen veils, covered in precious ointments, and transferred to Lucina’s estate on the via Ostiensis, seven miles from the city. As is well known to all, the glory of the Martyrs is celebrated by the people of God (such being the divine will) to this end, that to them due honour may be paid, and to us may be shown, by the favour of Christ, examples of courage; while then we behold these celebrations, let us understand how great is their glory in heaven, whose festivals are thus honoured on earth; may we ourselves be stirred up to show forth the like example, an equal courage, the same devotion and faith: that so, Christ helping us, we may fight and conquer the foe, and thus having shared the victory of these Saints, we may triumph together with them in the kingdom of heaven.
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