September 7

Commemoration the holy martyrs Saints Protus and Hyacinth


        There is also a commemoration of Saint Protus and Saint Hyacinth (not to be confused with the St. Hyacinth of August 17). They were both Martyrs during the persecution of Valerian (257-9). The day of their annual commemoration is mentioned in the "Depositio Martyrum" in the chronographia for 354 (Ruinart, "Acta martyrum", ed. Tatisbon, 632) under 11 September. The chronographia also mentions their graves, in the Coemeterium of Basilla on the Via Salaria, later the Catacomb of St. Hermes. The Itineraries and other early authorities likewise give this place of burial (De Rossi, "Roma sotterranea", I, 176-7).

        In 1845 Father Marchi discovered the still undisturbed grave of St. Hyacinth in a crypt of the above-mentioned catacomb. It was a small square niche in which lay the ashes and pieces of burned bone wrapped in the remains of costly stuffs (Marchi, "Monumenti primitivi: I, Architettura della Roma sotterranea cristina", Rome, 1844, 238 sqq., 264 sqq.). Evidently the saint had been burnt; most probably both martyrs had suffered death by fire. The niche was closed by a marble slab similar to that used to close a loculus, and bearing the original inscription that confirmed the date in the old Martyrology.

        Thus both martyrs were buried in the same crypt. Pope Damasus wrote an epitaph in honour of the two martyrs, part of which still exists (Ihm, "Damasi epigrammata", 52, 49). In the epitaph Damasus calls Protus and Hyacinth brothers. When Pope Leo IV (847-55) translated the bones of a large number of Roman martyrs to the churches of Rome, the relics of these two saints were to be translated also; but, probably on account of the devastation of the burial chamber, only the grave of St. Protus was found. His bones were transferred to San Salvatore on the Palatine. The remains of St. Hyacinth were placed (1849) in the chapel of the Propaganda in 1849 after Fr. Marchi's discovery. Later the tombs of the two saints and a stairway built at the end of the fourth century were discovered and restored. Source: Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911

      We want to thank the Friends of Our Lady of Fatima for expediting these resources of the Propers. Sources: Saint Andrew Daily Missal and the Marian Missal , 1945


COLLECT
Commemoration Collect of Sts. Protus and Hyacinth
Beatórum Mártyrum tuórum Proti et Hyacínthi nos, Dómine, fóveat pretiósa conféssio: et pia júgiter intercéssio tueátur. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum: Qui vivit et regnat Tecum in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus.
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.
Commemoration Collect of Sts. Protus and Hyacinth
May the confession of Thy blessed martyrs, Protus and Hyacinth, comfort us, O Lord, and their kind intercession constantly protect us. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.
R.Amen.

SECRET
Commemoration Secret of Sts. Protus and Hyacinth
Pro sanctórum Mártyrum tuórurn Proti et Hyacínthi commemoratióne, múnera tibi, Dómine, quae debémus, exsólvimus: praesta, qua sumus; ut remédium nobis perpétuae salútis operéntur Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Tecum in unitate ejusdem Spiritus Sancti.
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.
Commemoration Secret of Sts. Protus and Hyacinth
In commemoration of Thy holy martyrs Protus and Hyacinth we pay to Thee, O Lord, the offerings which we owe Thee; grant, we beseech Thee, that they may procure for us the remedy of eternal salvation. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.
R.Amen.

POSTCOMMUNION
Commemoration Postcommunion of Sts. Protus and Hyacinth
Ut percépta nos, Dómine, tua sancta puríficent: beatórum Mártyrum tuórum Proti et Hyacínthi, quaesumus, implóret orátio. Per Dominum…in unitate ejusdem Spiritus Sancti.
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.
Commemoration Postcommunion of Sts. Protus and Hyacinth
Let the prayer of Thy blessed martyrs, Protus and Hyacinth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, bring it to pass that we may be purified by Thy holy mysteries which we have received. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.
R.Amen.
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Commemoration of the holy martyrs Sts. Protus and Hyacinth