Among the holy women and men honored today in the Roman Martyrology are Saints Chrysanthus and Daria. Hardly known outside of Italy and virtually forgotten since their commemoration was removed from the Universal Calendar following the reforms of Vatican II, I came across these married martyrs a few years ago when I read a brief piece about the authentication of their relics in National Geographic, of all places. [To see a brief video on the study of the relics by National Geographic, click here.]
Intrigued by what I read, I set about doing some research and prayerful reflecting and the result was this article which was published in both Lay Witness Magazine and Pastoral Review.
May these two saints, whose love story includes each of us, continue to inspire us to live out our faith in heroic ways.
A prayer in honor of Saints Chrysanthus and Daria +
Almighty ever-living God, who gave Saints Chrysanthus and Daria the grace of suffering for Christ, come, in your divine mercy, we pray, to the help of our own weakness, that, as your Saints did not hesitate to die for your sake, we, too, may live bravely in confessing you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal)