Saint of the Day for May 6: Sts. Marian and James

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Image: “The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer” | Jean-Léon Gérôme

Franciscan Media,  May 6, 2021

Saints Marian and James’s Story – (d. May 6, 259)

Saints Marian, an ordained lector, and James, a deacon, were martyred during the persecution of Valerian around the year 259. Few other facts are known about them.

It seems that while they were in prison, each had a vision regarding his martyrdom. They drew courage from these apparitions and were able to courageously face death. They were joined in their deaths by other Christians.


The old saying that the more things change the more they stay the same may apply to today’s celebration. Two faithful people facing the hardships of life during persecution in the third century may have a lot in common with those facing persecution for their faith today.