Daily Martyrology for August 26

In the third century, in Rome, St. Tarsicius, who was murdered while taking communion to the sick or to prisoners.

In 295, in Numidia. St. Maximilian. He was prosecuted and executed because he wouldn’t do military service. A reliable account of his martyrdom survives.

In 1078, Blessed Herluin, founder of the abbey of Bec.

In 1838, in France, St. Elizabeth Bichier des Ages. After the French Revolution she devoted herself to prayer and serving the needy. She formed a community, the Daughters of the Cross, that grew rapidly.

In 1878, in Bethlehem, Blessed Mariam Baouardy. She was orphaned at three and raised by relatives in Alexandria. She ran away at thirteen. A Muslim, hearing her story, urged her to embrace Islam; when she refused, he cut her throat. She survived, joined the Carmelites and was sent to help found a community in India, and then another in Bethlehem. She had numerous mystical experiences.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.