Bacchus, St

Bacchus, St.

lived in the 3d or 4th century. He was denounced to the emperor Galerius Maximianus, in whose army he served, as a Christian; and when he constantly refused to. sacrifice to Jupiter, he was sent to Antiochus, praefect of the. East, who had orders to torment him until he renounced the faith or died. After every other species of torture had failed, he was beaten to death with clubs at a little town of Syria called Barbalissa, on the Euphrates. His body was secretly interred, and afterwards translated to Rasaphe, in the diocese of Hierapoli. He was buried with his friend, St. Sergius, and is commemorated ,Oct. 7. One of the cardinal deacons at Rome derived his title from Sts.. Serginns and Bacchus, and a church was built in their honor by Justinian at Constantinople. See Butler, Oct. 7.

 
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