Saints of the Day – Julius of Dorostorum (the Veteran) and Companions

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Died c.302. Julius was a veteran soldier of 27-years’ service in the Roman army and seven military campaigns, who was accused by his fellows of being a Christian. When questioned by the prefect Maximus, Julius noted that he had re-enlisted as a veteran and that during his entire service he had worshipped the God who made heaven and earth. The judge employed praise and promises and a bribe of a 10-year bonus to sway Julius, but he remained steadfast in his desire to die rather than denounce his Savior.

When asked why he feared a dead man more than the living emperors, Julius responded: “It was he who died for our sins to give us eternal life. This same man, Christ, is God and abides for ever and ever. Whoever believes in Him will have eternal life; whoever denies Him will have eternal punishment.” Next Maximus tried to play on Julius’s sense of compassion. He asked the saint to sacrifice out of pity and continue to live. Julius replied: “To live with you would be death for me. . . . I have chosen death that I might live with the saints for ever.” Thus, he was condemned to death by the sword.

En route to the place of execution, Saint Hesychius, another Christian soldier, said to him: “Go with courage, and run to the crown which the Lord hath promised; and remember me, who shall shortly follow you. Commend me to the servants of God, Pasicrates and Valentio, who, by confessing the holy name of Jesus, are gone before us.” Julius responded with an embrace and the words of encouragement: “Dear brother, make haste to come to us; they whom you salute have already heard you.”

Julius was one of a small group of comrades, including Pasicrates, Valentio, and Hesychius, all beheaded about the same time for tenaciously adhering to the Christian faith, at Durostorum on the Danube in Lower Moesia (near Silistria in Bulgaria). The authenticity of the surviving simple account of Saint Julius’s death has not been questioned (Attwater, Benedictines, Farmer, Husenbeth).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 June 2020. Web. 18 January 2022. <>