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Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume I: January. The Lives of the Saints. 1866.

January 2

St. Concordius, Martyr

AN holy subdeacon, who in the reign of Marcus Antoninus, was apprehended in a desert and brought before Torquatus, governor of Umbria, then residing at Spoletto, about the year 178. The martyr, paying no regard to his promises or threats, in the first interrogatory, was beaten with clubs, and in the second was hung on the rack, but in the height of his torments he cheerfully sang: “Glory be to thee, Lord Jesus!” Three days after two soldiers were sent by Torquatus to behead him in the dungeon, unless he would offer sacrifice to an idol, which a priest who accompanied them carried with him for this purpose. The saint showed his indignation by spitting upon the idol, upon which one of the soldiers struck off his head. In the Roman Martyrology his name occurs on the 1st, in some others on the 2nd, of January. See his genuine acts in Bollandus, p. 9, and Tillemont, t. 2, p. 439.  1