Book of Saints – Marcellus of Chalon


(Saint) Martyr (September 4) (2nd century) A priest of Lyons who escaped from the prison into which he, with other Christians, had been thrown during the persecution under Marcus Aurelius, and betook himself to preach the Gospel to the inhabitants of the country watered by the River Saone. Here he was again arrested and put to the torture. The witnessing of his agonies was made a feature of the public games celebrated on one of the Pagan festivals. At their close, being still alive, he was buried up to the waist and left to die. We are told that he expired on the third day with the Praises of God on his lips (A.D. 178). He is variously called Saint Marcel and Saint Marceau, and several churches in Burgundy have him for their Title Saint.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Marcellus of Chalon”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 November 2014. Web. 21 April 2021. <>