Friday, February 17, 2012


St. Germanicus of Smyrna

Feast day: January 19

Saint Germanicus was a youth arrested and martyred for his faith in Smyrna (what is now Izmir, Turkey) during the reign of the Roman emperor Antoninus. As Germanicus stood exposed in an arena to a wild beast, the Roman proconsul pleaded with him that in view of his youth he should deny his faith to obtain a pardon. But the young man refused to apostatize, and willingly embraced martyrdom

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