SS. DANIEL, PRIEST, AND VERDA, VIRGIN MARTYRS.
From their authentic acts, written by St.
Maruthas, in Syriac, and published by Stephen Assemani among the
Oriental Martyrs, t.1, p. 103.
A. D. 344.
TWO years after the martyrdom of St. Milles,
Daniel, a priest, and a virgin consecrated to God, named Verda, which
in Chaldaic signifies a rose, were apprehended in the province of the
Razicheans, in Persia, by an order of the governor, and put to all
manner of torments for three months, almost without intermission.
Among other tortures, their feet being bored through, were put into
frozen water for five days together. The governor, seeing it
impossible to overcome their constancy, condemned them to lose their
heads. They were crowned on the 25th of the moon of February, which
was that year the 21st of that month, in the year of Christ 344, and
of king Sapor II., the thirty-fifth. Their names were not known
either to the Greek or Latin martyrologists: and their illustrious
triumph is recorded in few words by St. Maruthas: but was most
glorious in the sight of heaven.