Feast of St. Victorian of Hadrumetum (March 23)   Leave a comment

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Above:  St. Victorian of Hadrumetum

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SAINT VICTORIAN OF HADRUMETUM (DIED IN 484)

Martyr at Carthage, 484

The Western Roman Empire crumbled during the 400s.  Among the German tribes eating away at it were the Vandals, who crossed into Gaul in 406, ravaged that region, entered the Iberian peninsula, and eventually crossed into northern Africa, where they established a kingdom in 429.  Genseric, the first monarch of that realm, reigned until his death in 477.  From 477 to 484 Hunseric was the Vandal king.  The Vandals, who were Arians, persecuted orthodox Christians.  The kingdom survived until 534, when General Belisarius, in the service of the (Eastern) Roman Emperor Justinian I “the Great,” conquered it.

In 484 St. Victorian of Hadrumetum was the wealthiest subject in the Vandal kingdom.  He was also the proconsul of Carthage and an orthodox (i.e., not Arian) Christian.  Hunseric, who had appointed him, demanded that St. Victorian support Arianism, the heresy that the Second Person of the Trinity, incarnate as Jesus, was a created being.  The monarch even offered the proconsul more power and wealth in exchange for doing so.  St. Victorian refused to accept the carrot.  He replied,

Tell the king that I trust in Christ.  His Majesty may condemn me to any torments, but I shall never consent to renounce the Catholic Church, in which I have been baptized.  Even if there were no life after this, I would never be ungrateful and perfidious to God, who has granted me the happiness of knowing Him, and bestowed on me, His most precious graces.

Hunseric ordered St. Victorian’s arrest, torture, and execution.  St. Victorian died without having dishonored God and his conscience.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Gracious God, in every age you have sent men and women

who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth.

Inspire us with the memory of Saint Victorian of Hadrumetum,

whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross, and give us courage

to bear full witness with our lives to your Son’s victory over sin and death,

for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 20:40-42

Psalm 5

Revelation 6:9-11

Mark 8:34-38

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59

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Posted January 21, 2017 by neatnik2009 in March, Saints of the 400s

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