ST. CONCORDIUS, M.
A HOLY subdeacon, who in the reign of Marcus
Antoninus, was apprehended in a desert, and brought before Torquatus,
governor of Umbria, then residing at Spoletto, about the year 178.
The martyr, paying no regard to his promises or threats, in the first
interrogatory was beaten with clubs, and in the second was hung on
the rack, but in the height of his torments he cheerfully sang:
“Glory be to thee, Lord Jesus!” Three days after, two
soldiers were sent by Torquatus, to behead him in the dungeon, unless
he would offer sacrifice to an idol, which a priest who accompanied
them carried with him for this purpose. The saint showed his
indignation by spitting upon the idol, upon which one of the soldiers
struck off his head. In the Roman Martyrology his name occurs on the
1st, in some others on the 2d of January. See his genuine acts in
Bollandus, p. 9, and Tillemont, t. 2, p. 439.