Saint Days: Saint Fabian, Bishop and Martyr
St. Fabian (200-250) was made the Bishop of Rome in 236 and served until his death. His reign was peaceful until the end when he fell victim to the persecution of Decius. Because he refused to worship the Roman Imperial Cult, he was arrested and probably executed for his faith.
St. Cyprian describes St. Fabian as "an incomparable man, the glory of whose death corresponded with the holiness of his life."
Let us pray with St. Fabian and all the martyr's of Christ's Holy Church in mind:
Almighty God, who gave to your servant Saint Fabian boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.