Feast of St. Marcellinus and St. PeterBlessed Are They Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
Marcellinus and Peter were prominent enough in the memory of the Church to be included among the saints of the Roman Canon. Mention of their names is optional in our present Eucharistic Prayer I.
Marcellinus was a priest and Peter was an exorcist, that is, someone authorized by the Church to deal with cases of demonic possession. They were beheaded during the persecution of Emperor Diocletian. Pope Damasus wrote an epitaph apparently based on the report of their executioner, and Constantine erected a basilica over the crypt in which they were buried in Rome. Numerous legends sprang from an early account of their death.
These two men seem to reflect the beatitude for today: Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness. We honor them.
St. Marcellinus and St. Peter, pray for us.