Victor and Corona
|Saints Victor and Corona|
Illuminated miniature of the martyrdom of Saints Victor and Corona, on a full leaf from a Book of Hours, France (Paris), ca. 1480.
|Roman Catholic Church|
|Patronage||Feltre; Castelfidardo; Corona is invoked in connection with superstitions involving money, such as gambling or treasure hunting|
Saints Victor and Corona are two Christian martyrs. Most sources state that they were killed in Syria during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (170s AD). However, various hagiographical texts disagree about the site of their martyrdom, with some stating that it was Damascus, while Coptic sources state that it was Antioch. Some Western sources state that Alexandria or Sicily was their place of martyrdom. They also disagree about the date of their martyrdom. They may have been martyred during the reign of Antoninus, Diocletian, while the Roman Martyrology states that it was in the third century when they met their death.
Their legend states that Victor was a Roman soldier of Italian ancestry, serving in the city of Damascus in Syria during the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius. He was tortured -including having his eyes gouged out- by a commander named Sebastian.
While he was suffering from these tortures, the sixteen-year old spouse of one of his brothers-in-arms, named Corona, comforted and encouraged him. For this, she was arrested and interrogated. According to the passio of Corona, which is considered largely fictional, Corona was bound to two bent palm trees and torn apart as the trunks were released.
Other sources state that they were husband and wife.
Victor and Corona's memorial day is November 24 (November 11 in the Orthodox church calendar). Their feast day is May 14. Outside the town of Feltre on the slopes of Mount Miesna is the church of SS. Vittore e Corona, erected by the Crusaders from Feltre after the First Crusade.
- Santi Vittore e Corona
- Also known as Stefania, Stephana, a Greek translation of her Latin name, meaning "crown"
- Saint Patrick's Church: Saints of May 14
- (Italian) Santi Corona e Vittore
- Saints of the Day for May 14 St Patrick Church website (Washington, DC)
- (Italian) Santi Vittore e Corona
- St. Victor of Damascus at the Antiochian Diocese
- St. Victor of Damascus at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
- Selected Lives of Saints of November and December