Thursday, July 2

Saints Processus and Martinianus

At the entrance to the Cathedral baptistery two soldiers stand guard. They are Saints Processus and Martinianus, whose feast day - as Canon Billington's parish history notes - is kept on 2nd July.

These are two soldiers who, according to tradition, guarded St Peter at the Mamertime prison in Rome. They were converted by the preaching and miracles of the Apostles and were baptised. Later they suffered torture and martyrdom. Canon Billington records their story at some length, and notes that they are the patrons of the baptistery.