Sts. Vitus, Modestus, and Crescentia

vitus_modestus_crescentiaSt. Vitus was a martyr who is spoken of in the Martyrology of St. Jerome as being a native of Lucania or of Sicily, and whose veneration was very widely diffused in Italy during the Lombard period. The Mass was originally of St. Vitus only, but later there were associated with him the martyrs Modestus and Crescentia;

the former, according to the Acta, being his teacher, the latter his nurse. St. Vitus was delivered by his father to be scourged because he had been baptized,; his judge was struck blind, but healed by his prayers. His teacher and nurse then took him to foreign parts whence he was summoned by Diocletian to heal his son who was possessed by a devil. After St. Vitus had exorcized the child he was ordered to worship false gods. When he refused, he along with Modestus and Crescentia, were plunged into a caldron of molten lead and flaming resin. They died in 303.
(Adapted from The New Roman Missal by Father Lasance)
Commentary: St. Jerome was a Catholic priest and scholar. In addition to writings on the martyrs of the early church, he researched and compiled the first complete collection of scriptures under one cover. This new document, produced in 397, was called the Bible. This first Bible was written in Latin and is referred to as the Vulgate.

, Martyrs. St. Vitus was a martyr who is spoken of in the Martyrology of St. Jerome as being a native of Lucania or of Sicily, and whose veneration was very widely diffused in Italy during the Lombard period. The Mass was originally of St. Vitus only, but later there were associated with him the martyrs Modestus and Crescentia; the former, according to the Acta, being his teacher, the latter his nurse. St. Vitus was delivered by his father to be scourged because he had been baptized,; his judge was struck blind, but healed by his prayers. His teacher and nurse then took him to foreign parts whence he was summoned by Diocletian to heal his son who was possessed by a devil. After St. Vitus had exorcized the child he was ordered to worship false gods. When he refused, he along with Modestus and Crescentia, were plunged into a caldron of molten lead and flaming resin. They died in 303. (Adapted from The New Roman Missal by Father Lasance)
Commentary: St. Jerome was a Catholic priest and scholar. In addition to writings on the martyrs of the early church, he researched and compiled the first complete collection of scriptures under one cover. This new document, produced in 397, was called the Bible. This first Bible was written in Latin and is referred to as the Vulgate.

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