Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Severinus, Bishop and Martyr

Saint Severinus of Scythopolis, from Pictorial Lives of the SaintsEntry

Saint Severinus, in the fifth century of the Christian era, had the heroic courage to stand forth in defense of the faith against the heresy of Eutychius, which the Council of Chalcedon had already condemned. It was long before peace was restored to the Church. The heresy had corrupted some of the religious of Palestine; and the patriarch Juvenal of Jerusalem was driven from his see by a monastic usurper who persecuted the faithful. Severinus was the bishop of Scytopolis, and as he courageously opposed the usurper, Theodosius, the generosity of his zeal enkindled against him all the fury of the heretics. He was seized by the soldiery, dragged out of the town, and put to a violent death in 453.

. . . I know the name.
Many martyrs bear the same,
And they stand in glittering ring
Round their warrior God and King,
Who before and for them bled,
With their robes of ruby red
And their swords of cherub-flame.
– Saint John Henry Newman

Favorite Practice – To beseech Saint Severinus to obtain for us a share in his holy zeal to combat heresy.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Severinus, Bishop and Martyr”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 April 2021. Web. 19 April 2021. <>