Book of Saints – Marcellus – 30 October

[Pictorial Lives of the Saints: Saint Marcellus, The Centurion, Martyr]Article

(Saint) Martyr (October 30) (3rd century) The Official “Acts” report that during a festival at Tangier (Africa) in honour of the birthday of the Emperor Maximian Herculeus, a centurion by name Marcellus refused to take part in the religious (Pagan) rites and, declaring himself a soldier of Christ, the Eternal King, threw down his arms and insignia, and that he was thereupon arrested and imprisoned and in the end beheaded (A.D. 298). These official Acts should have been written out by Saint Cassian (December 3), the notary of the Court. But he was so indignant at the injustice of the sentence that he threw down his stylus and parchment and refused to write, for which action he was imprisoned and afterwards condemned to death. The Spanish tradition that Saint Marcellus was the brother of Saint Nona is unreliable.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Marcellus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 November 2014. Web. 4 August 2021. <>