SS. GORDIAN AND EPIMACHUS, MM.
THESE two holy martyrs are named in all calendars
of the western church since the sixth age. St. Epimachus suffered at
Alexandria under Decius, in the year 250, with one Alexander. They
had been long detained in a hideous dungeon, were beaten with clubs,
their sides were torn with iron hooks; lastly, they were both burnt
in lime. This is related by St. Dionysius of Alexandria, quoted by
Eusebius, (b. vi. c. 41.)
St. Gordian was beheaded at Rome for the faith,
under Julian the Apostate, in the year 392. His name occurs in the
ancient Martyrologies. His body was laid in a cave, in which was
deposited that of St. Epimachus, which was brought from Alexandria to
Rome a little before St. Gordian’s martyrdom. The relics of
both these martyrs are now possessed by the great Benedictin abbey of
Kempton, in the diocese of Ausbourg.