SAINTS

NOV. 24: ST. CHRYSOGONUS

(Third century)

Chrysogonus was a martyr who suffered at Aquileia, probably during the persecution of Diocletian. He was buried there, and publicly venerated by the faithful of that region. Soon the veneration of this martyr of Aquileia was transferred to Rome, where a titular church, in Trastevere, bears his name to this day.

In about the sixth century, a legend arose about the martyr that made him a Roman. According to this legend, Chrysogonus, at first a functionary of the vicarius Urbis, was the Christian teacher of Anastasia, the daughter of the noble Roman Praetextatus. When the relationship of the two was made known, Anastasia was thrown into prison. Chrysogonus comforted the severely afflicted Anastasia by his letters. By order of Diocletian, Chrysogonus was brought before the emperor at Aquileia, condemned to death, and beheaded. His corpse, thrown into the sea, was washed ashore and buried by the aged priest Zoilus.

Adapted by A.J. Valentini