Gordian and Epimachus

(d. c. 250)

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(d. c.250),

Roman martyrs. Gordian, according to his funeral inscription, was a boy: it contrasts his tender years with the maturity of his Christian witness. Epimachus suffered before: the body of Gordian was buried in the church of Epimachus; henceforth they were venerated together. The body of an Alexandrian martyr Epimachus was translated to Constantinople; there has been some confusion between these two saints. Gordian is mentioned in the Martyrology of Bede; the feast of Gordian and Epimachus was in the Sarum calendar. The late Acts are worthless and make Gordian a minister of the Emperor Julian. Part of the relics of these martyrs were given by Charlemagne's wife to the abbey of Kempten (Bavaria). Feast: 10 May.

AA.SS. Maii I (1680), 551–5 C.M.H., p. 244; Propylaeum, p. 182; B.L.S., v. 51.

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