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St. Valerius & St. Rufinus

June 14
Martyred: 287

Valerius and Rufinus are venerated as Christian saints and martyrs. They served as missionaries in Gaul (modem France) before being martyred at Soissons during the first years of the reign of Emperor Diocletian (r. 284-305).
Rufinus is one of the 140 Colonnade saints which adorn St. Peter's Square.

Prayer to the Holy Martyrs.....
Glorious champions of Jesus Christ, who have fought the battle of martyrdom and have exchanged this bitter struggle for the peace of the angels in heaven, turn your eyes on me, a poor creature beset on all sides by spiritual dangers. Amid these troubles, I call to mind your great renown. You saints who overcame bodily torment to take heaven by storm, who vanquished the pleasures of the world and who set your eyes on heaven, look with affection on me. Add to the glory of your triumph by your intercession with God, so that I too may gain victory over the corruption of this world and its empty pomp. Blessed warriors, what comfort, what inspiration and joy it is for us to praise you and to follow in your footsteps. Your names and memories are held sacred. You who are true champions of God hasten to help me in my weakness. Give me strength to reach the heavenly kingdom where I may rejoice with you forever. Amen.

St. Valerius & Rufinus, pray for us!

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