Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Holy Martyrs for the Holy Scriptures


2 January – On the same day are commemorated many holy martyrs, throughout the provinces of the Roman empire; who, when Dioclesian, in 303, commanded the holy scriptures, wherever found, to be burned, chose rather to suffer torments and death than to be accessary to their being destroyed by surrendering them into the hands of the professed enemies of their Author.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Holy Martyrs for the Holy Scriptures”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 January 2013. Web. 3 December 2020. <>