Saint Mercurius the Soldier

detail of a fresco of Saint Mercury and Saint Artemia, by Manuel Panselin, c.1300, Mount Athos, Greece; swiped off Wikimedia CommonsMemorial


Son of a Scythian officer in the imperial Roman army. Soldier in the same army, he distinguished himself in the defense of the city of Rome. During the persecutions of Decius, Mercurius was ordered to sacrifice to an idol; he refused. Martyr. Reported to appeared and fought with the Christian forces in the First Crusade.



  • beheaded in 250 in Caesarea, Cappadocia, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey)


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Mercurius the Soldier“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 November 2013. Web. 18 January 2022. <>