Sts Marian and James


Sts Marian and James were third-century martyrs who devoted their lives to their faith and suffered persecution. Born in North Africa, Marian was a lector or reader and James was a deacon.

Prior to their persecution Marian and James were visited by two bishops who encouraged them in the faith . A short time later, Marian and James were arrested and interrogated. The two readily confessed their faith and, for that, were tortured. While in prison they are said to have experienced visions, including one of the two bishops who had visited them earlier. On the day of the martyrdom they were blindfolded , put to death and thrown in the water. They died around the year 259.


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Fr Anthony is a priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel, and is currently the Director of Identity and Mission at the Australian Catholic University.