Book of Saints – Maximus – 20 October


(Saint) Martyr (October 20) (3rd century) The Patron Saint of the city of Aquila in the South of Italy. He was a deacon, zealous in preaching and in drawing souls to Christ. When the persecution under Decius (A.D. 250) broke out, he was one of the first to be arrested. Indeed, according to some authorities, he voluntarily gave himself up. There is a long account of the savage tortures to which he was subjected and of the flattering offers made to him if he would but renounce Christ. The Imperial officers were the more intent on making him yield to temptation because he evidently was one of the most conspicuous and influential personages in the locality. But all attempts of the sort were vain; and in fine the death sentence came. It was carried out by casting the Martyr down from an overhanging cliff. Among pilgrims to his shrine in the course of the Middle Ages were the Emperor Otho the Great of Germany and the Pope of his time.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Maximus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 March 2015. Web. 24 January 2020. <>