Book of Saints – Marcellus of Apamea


(Saint) Bishop, Martyr (August 14) (4th century) A native of Cyprus who for some time fulfilled the functions of a lay magistrate. In this office he so righteously combined justice and mercy that on a vacancy occurring in the See of Apamea in Syria he was acclaimed by the people of the place their next Pastor. He was as successful and as popular as a Bishop as he had been as a magistrate. But the fervour of his zeal led to his martyrdom. The Emperor Theodosius had decreed that, throughout the Roman world all idols should be overthrown (A.D. 385); and the zealous Bishop, in seeking to have the Imperial Edict carried out in his Diocese, was murdered by assassins hired by the remaining Pagans (A.D. 389).

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Marcellus of Apamea”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 November 2014. Web. 19 February 2019. <>