ST. PANCRAS, M.
HE is said to have suffered at Rome in the
fourteenth year of his age. Having been beheaded for the faith, which
he had gloriously confessed under Dioclesian in the year 304, he was
interred in the cemetery of Calepodius, which afterwards took his
name. His old church in that place was repaired in the fifth century
by pope Symmachus, and in the seventh by pope Honorius I. St. Gregory
the Great speaks of his relics. St. Gregory of Tours1 calls him the
Avenger of Perjuries, and says that God by a perpetual miracle
visibly punished false oaths made before his relics. Pope Vitalian
sent a portion of them to king Oswi in 656.2 Italy, England France,
Spain, &c., abound with churches which bear his name.3 See D.
Jenichen, Diss. de S. Pancratio, urbis et ecclesiæ primariæ
Giessensis patrono titulari, in 4to. anno 1758, at Giessen, a
university in Upper Hesse, belonging to the landgrave of Hesse