Saint Days: Blandina and Her Companions, Martyrs
Today, we remember Blandina and her companions who were martyred at Lyons in France. Lyons was a hostile place for early Christians. In 177, a group of Christians were detained and placed on trial before being tortured. Blandina was a frail, teenage servant who was tortured so severely her torturers grew exhausted. Nevertheless, she persisted, "I am a Christian and we commit no wrongdoing." The Romans eventually decided to behead all the Christians in the group who were citizens and torture those who were not citizens.
Legend has it that Blandina was partially burned at the stake. She was then led into an arena where she was scourged, placed on a burning metal grate, tied up in a net to be trampled by a steer and finally murdered by a dagger.
Let us remember the martyrdom of Blandina and her companions in our prayers today:
Almighty God, who gave to your servant Blandina. 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.