Sunday, August 07, 2005

Sine Nomine

Last month's Magnificat had a lovely little vita for July 29th in its daily lives of the saints series. A little family was martyred and nothing whatever is known of them. But the local Christians remembered them in their martyrologies. I love this sort of thing. Here is the memorial in its entirety.

Two Byzantine collectons of saints' lives, the Menaion of Chifflet and the Mazarine Menaion, commemorate on this date a martyred family of four, who died by fire. Neither the names nor any biographical details of the father, mother, and two sons are recorded. Their names are known only to God, but the sacrifice of their lives for Christ has been remembered.