SS. FELIX AND ADAUCTUS, MM.
ST. FELIX was a holy priest in Rome, no less happy
in his life and virtue than in his name. Being apprehended in the
beginning of Dioclesian’s persecution, he was put to cruel
torments, which he suffered with admirable constancy, and was at
length condemned to lose his head. As he was going to execution he
was met by a stranger, who, being a Christian, was so inflamed at the
sight of the martyr, and the lively prospect of the glory to which he
was hastening, that he was not able to contain himself, but cried out
aloud, “I confess the same law which this man professeth; I
confess the same Jesus Christ; and it is also my desire to lay down
my life in this cause.” The magistrates hearing this, caused
him forthwith to be seized, and the martyrs were both beheaded
together about the year 303. The name of this latter not being known,
he was called by the Christians Adauctus, because he was joined to
Felix in martyrdom. These holy martyrs are commemorated in the
Sacramentary of St. Gregory the Great, and many ancient calendars. F.
Stilting, the Bollandist, asserts the authenticity of their acts, t.
6, Augusti, p. 548.