SAINTS TIBURTIUS, M. AND CHROMATIUS, C.
Abridged from the Acts of St. Sebastian, &c.
A. D. 286.
AGRESTIUS CHROMATIUS was vicar to the prefect of
Rome, and had condemned several martyrs in the reign of Carinus; and,
in the first years of Dioclesian, St. Tranquillinus being brought
before him, assured him, that having been afflicted with the gout, he
had recovered a perfect state of health by being baptized. Chromatius
was troubled with the same distemper, and being convinced by this
miracle of the truth of the gospel, sent for Polycarp, the priest who
had baptized Tranquillinus, and receiving the sacrament of baptism,
was freed from that corporal infirmity, by which miracle God was
pleased to give him a sensible emblem of the spiritual health which
that holy laver conferred on his soul; from that time he harbored
many Christians in his house, to shelter them from the persecution,
and resigned his dignity, in which he was succeeded by one Fabian.
Chromatius’s son Tiburtius, was ordained subdeacon, and was
soon after betrayed to the persecutors, condemned by Fabian to many
torments, and at length beheaded on the Lavican road, three miles
from Rome, where a church was afterward built. He is mentioned in
several ancient Martyrologies with his father Chromatius, who,
retiring into the country, lived there concealed in the fervent
practice of all Christian virtues.