Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December 18: Saints Rufus and Zosimus

"Triumph of Faith" (Detail)
by Eugene Romain Thirion

History

Rufus and Zosimus were two of the earliest Christians, and they loved to tell people about Jesus. They lived in either Antioch or Philippi (nobody knows for sure) and were with Saint Ignatius when all three were arrested for being Christians. Rufus and Zosimus were taken to the Coliseum first, where they were thrown to hungry wild beasts and killed.

Activity

In most of the world today, Christianity is legal, so we don’t have to worry about being arrested and fed to wild animals. It’s exactly opposite of what things were like when Rufus and Zosimus were alive. So instead of being eaten by wild beasts, get yourself some animal crackers so you can eat the lions and tigers.

Saints Rufus and Zosimus, pray for us!

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