St. Patrick Catholic Church
Saint of the Day

December 3

Saint Cassian of Tangier M (RM) +
Died 298. If you remember the story of Saint Marcellus the Centurion, you will recall his trial and execution. St. Cassian was the exceptor (official recorder or court stenographer) at the trial of St. Marcellus before Deputy Prefect Aurelius Agricolan at Tangiers. Indignant at the injustice done to the martyr, he threw down his pen, and denounced the unjust death penalty imposed on Marcellus. The story is told that he was so indignant at the sentence that he refused to report the proceedings. He became a Christian, was imprisoned, and later executed as a consequence. Reliable sources say that in all likelihood this is a fictitious addition to the authentic account of St. Marcellus; however, there seems to have been a martyr at Tangier named Cassian. The Benedictines report that his "acts are quite authentic; he is also mentioned in one of the hymns of Prudentius." He is the patron of stenographers (Attwater, Benedictines, Delaney).

Saint Mirocles of Milan B (RM)
Died 318. Archbishop of Milan, one of the originators of the Ambrosian liturgy and chant (Benedictines).

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