SS. EMETERIUS, &c., MM. COMMONLY CALLED
MADIR, AND CHELIDONIUS.
THEY were soldiers of distinguished merit in the
Roman army in Spain, and suffered martyrdom at Calahorra, but it is
not known in what persecution. Their courage and cheerfulness seemed
to increase with their sharpest torments, and to them fires and
swords seemed sweet and agreeable. Prudentius says, that the
persecutors burned the acts of their martyrdom, envying us the
history of so glorious a triumph. He adds, that their festival was
kept in Spain with great devotion by all ranks of people; that
strangers came in devout pilgrimages to visit their relics, praying
to these patrons of the world; and that none poured forth their pure
prayers to them who were not heard and their tears dried up: “For,”
says he, “they immediately hear every petition, and carry it to
the ear of the eternal king.” See Prudentius, de Coro, hymn 1.