Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Sabinus and Companions, Martyrs

detail of a painting of the Martyrdom of San Savino, late 18th century, artist unknown; Ivrea Cathedral; photographed on 27 November 2009 by Laurom; swiped off WikipediaEntry

The persecution of Diocletian was in progress in the year 303, when Sabinus, bishop of Assisi, and his two deacons, Marcellus and Euriperantius, were arrested for the faith. The deacons were at once put to death by the governor, Venustianus; but he only ordered Sabinus to be subjected to the torture of having his hands cut off. When the confessor stood thus mutilated before Venustianus, who was suffering at the time with a disorder of the eyes, the latter railed at Sabinus and asked him mockingly if he were able in that state to cure his eyes. Sabinus raised his heart to God, beseeching this miracle for his persecutor; and at once the scales fell not only from the eyes of the body, but from the eyes of Venustianus’ soul. The governor was cured, converted, and soon after suffered martyrdom for the faith. His successor in office, Lucius, caused Sabinus to be sent to Spoleto and there be beaten to death with rods.

The Lord of our salvation their designs
O’erturned, and, for the glory of His heaven,
This victory hath given.
    – from the Spanish of Fernando De Herrera

Favorite Practice – Return good for evil.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Sabinus and Companions, Martyrs”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 April 2021. Web. 19 September 2021. <>