St. Januarius and Companions

200px-Saint_JanuariusDuring the persecution under Diocletian St. Januarius, patron of the city of Naples and bishop of Beneventum, was beheaded with his deacons and some others. In the great church at Naples are preserved some of the blood of St. Januarius in two glass phials, and also his head. The blood is congealed, but every year up to the present is liquefies when placed near the martyr’s head. This miracle had been verified both by the scientists and by many pious and learned persons.

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