John and Marcianus

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Saints John and Marcianus
Died 304
Rome, Italy
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Feast 16 September
Patronage Civita Castellana, Viterbo, Italy

John and Marcianus, were Roman martyrs. Marcianus was a Roman Senator, whose son John died of unknown causes.[1] Sts. Abundius and Abundantius, who were Christians condemned to execution, met Marcianus with his dead son on the way to their death. Abundius prayed over John, and he came back to life. At that moment, John and Marcianus both converted to Christianity.[2] They too were martyred along with Sts. Abundius and Abundantius, just north of Rome, being beheaded ca. 304. The remains of Marcianus and John were found in 1001 and transferred to Civita Castellana.

Marcianus is one of the 140 Colonnade saints which adorn St. Peter's Square.


  1. ^ Saint John Patron Saint Index
  2. ^ Saint Marcian the Senator Patron Saint Index