Feast Day 1 February: Son Servera
He was the third bishop of Antioch Syria after St Peter. He was
arrested during the persecution by the Emperor Trajan, who ordered
he should be brought to Rome to be thrown to wild beasts. On the
way, during a journey that lasted for months, he wrote encouraging
to the churches under his care telling them he was quite ready to
die. He was the first writer to use the term, the Catholic Church
Tormented by fire, by beatings, by imprisonment, the name of Jesus
remained constantly on his lips. About to be thrown to wild animals
and asked to recant, he refused, saying he was but the wheat, which
should be ground up by the teeth of the beasts so that he would be
pure bread when he met Him.
Legend has it that when the lions came,
they killed him without hurting him and there was no mark upon him.
Furthermore, after his death, when his heart was cut open, they found
the name of Jesus carved in it in gold letters. It is also said that
he was the child that Jesus took in his arms in Mark 9:36.
His relics are in St Peter’s in Rome.