Sts Felix and Adauctus Martyrs
Sts Felix and Adauctus Martyrs (-304) Saint Of the Day August 30
St Felix was a holy priest in Rome, no less happy in his life of virtue than in his name. Apprehended at the beginning of the Diocletian persecution, he was given up to torture, which he suffered with great constancy and courage. Later, he was condemned to be beheaded.
As the executioners led him to the place of execution, he was met by a stranger, who,'being a Christian was so moved at the sight of the Martyr and the glory to which he was hastening, that he cried out: “I confess the same law which this man professes! I confess the name of Jesus Christ, and I also lay down my life in his cause!”
The magistrates, aghast at his open proclamation, ordered the guards to seize him. The stranger gave himself up without resistance and was beheaded along with St Felix.
The name of the stranger, not being known, he was called Adauctus, i.e., the one added, by the Christians. They were buried in the cemetery of Commodilla on the Ostian Way, where a church built over their tomb was uncovered in 1905.