Pictorial Lives of the Saints – Saint Romanus, Martyr

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Saint Romanus was a soldier in Rome at the time of the martyrdom of Saint Laurence. Seeing the joy and constancy with which that holy martyr suffered his torments, he was moved to embrace the faith, and, addressing himself to Saint Laurence, was instructed and baptized by him in prison. Confessing aloud what he had done, he was arraigned, condemned, and beheaded the day before the martyrdom of Saint Laurence. Thus he arrived at his crown before his guide and master. The body of Saint Romanus was first buried on the road to Tibur, but his remains were translated to Lucca, where they are kept under the high altar of a beautiful church which bears his name.

Reflection – We are bound to glorify God by our lives, and Christ commands that our good works shine before men. It was the usual saying of the apostle Saint Matthias, “The faithful sins if his neighbor sins.” Such ought to be the zeal of every one to instruct and edify his neighbor by word and example.

MLA Citation

  • John Dawson Gilmary Shea. “Saint Romanus, Martyr”. Pictorial Lives of the Saints, 1922. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 December 2018. Web. 23 January 2020. <>