SS. RUFINUS AND VALERIUS, MM.
THEY were overseers of the imperial taxes near the
river Vesle, in the territory of Soissons. They were Christians, and
their fasts and plentiful almsdeeds were proofs of their
extraordinary piety. The emperor Maximian Herculius, having defeated
the Bagandæ near Paris, left the bloody persecutor, Rictius
Varus, the præfectus-prætorii, in Gaul, with an order to
employ all means in his power to extirpate, if possible, the
Christian name. After much blood spilled at Rheims, he came to
Soissons, and gave orders for Rufinus and Valerius to be brought
before him. They had hid themselves in a wood, but were discovered,
put on the rack, torn with scourges armed with leaden balls, and at
length beheaded on the high road leading to Soissons. They suffered
in the third age. The ancient Martyrologies mention them on the 14th
of June. See their acts abridged by Tillemont, t. 4, p. 459.