Victor of Marseilles

Centurion, with fellow martyrs Longinus, Alexander and Felician
ca 290 AD
[21 July]

O LORD, Ever One and only God, whose servants Centurion Victor, with Legionaires Longinus, Alexander and Felician, refused worship pagan idols and the emperor, and suffered death for their faith; grant us in like manner to worship thee only, and witness our faith to all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Exodus 20:1-6

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them

Victor of Marsailles


Saint Victor of Marseilles "Saint Victor is said to have been a Roman army officer in Marseille, who publicly denounced the worship of idols. For that, he was brought before the Roman prefects, Asterius and Eutychius, who later sent him to the Emperor Maximian. He was then racked, beaten, dragged through the streets, and thrown into prison, where he converted three other Roman soldiers, Longinus, Alexander, and Felician, who were subsequently beheaded. After refusing to offer incense to a statue of the Roman god Jupiter, Victor kicked it over with his foot. The emperor ordered that he be put to death by being ground under a millstone, but the millstone broke while Victor was still alive. He was then beheaded.

Abbey of St Victor
Saint Victor and the three other Roman soldiers he converted Saints Longinus, Alexander and Felician were killed near the end of the 3rd century. In the 4th century, Saint John Cassian built a monastery over the site where their bodies had been buried in a cave, which later became a Benedictine abbey and minor basilica. This is the Abbey of St Victor (Abbaye Saint-Victor)."


Exodus 20

And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
[H/T to Alan of England]

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