紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Tarsicius, Martyr
Tarcisius was a twelve-year-old acolyte during one of the fierce Roman persecutions of the third century, probably during that of Valerian (253–259). One day, he was entrusted with the task of bringing the Eucharist to condemned Christians in prison. On his way, he was stopped by a gang of young boys who requested him to hand them the Eucharist. He refused firmly and protected the Blessed Sacrament with all his strenght and was finally beaten to death. In the fourth century, Pope St. Damasus wrote a poem about this “boy-martyr of the Eucharist”.
Tarcisius is a patron saint of altar servers. He is remembered for his devotion to the Eucharist and his willingness to suffer for his faith.
Lord, Saint Tarcisius gave his life for you,
give us strength to follow his example.
Help us stay faithful and strong
through hardships and struggles.
We ask this through Christ, Our Lord, Amen.
English Text: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=322