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

March 3

SS. Emeterius, Called Madir, and Chelidonius, Martyrs

THEY were soldiers of distinguished merit in the Roman army in Spain, and suffered martyrdom at Calahorra, but it is not known in what persecution. Their courage and cheerfulness seemed to increase with their sharpest torments, and to them fires and swords seemed sweet and agreeable. Prudentius says, that the persecutors burned the acts of their martyrdom, envying us the history of so glorious a triumph. He adds, that their festival was kept in Spain with great devotion by all ranks of people; that strangers came in devout pilgrimages to visit their relics, praying to these patrons of the world; and that none poured forth their pure prayers to them who were not heard and their tears dried up: “For,” says he, “they immediately hear every petition, and carry it to the ear of the eternal king.” See Prudentius, de Coro, hymn 1.  1