Cassian of Tangier

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Saint Cassian of Tangier
Marcellus Cassian.jpg
Icon of Cassian of Tangier located in the Russian Orthodox Church of the Resurrection, Rabat
Bornc. mid 3rd century AD
Died298 AD
Tingis, Mauretania Tingitana (modern-day Tangiers, Morocco)
Venerated inCatholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
FeastDecember 3

Saint Cassian of Tangier (or of Tangiers or of Tingis) was a Christian saint of the 3rd century. He is traditionally said to have been beheaded on 3 December, AD 298, during the reign of Diocletian. The Passion of Saint Cassian is appended to that of Saint Marcellus of Tangier. It is not considered reliable by some modern scholars.[1]

According to it, he was a court recorder at the trial of St. Marcellus the Centurion. Aurelius Agricola, deputy prefect in the Roman province in North Africa, conducted the trial. When the death penalty was imposed on St. Marcellus, Cassian threw down his pen and declared that he was a Christian. He was arrested immediately and put to death. Cassian is the patron saint of modern stenographers.

Saint Cassian of Tangier is the martyr mentioned by St. Prudentius (born 348) in his hymn Liber Peristephanon (De Coronis Martyrum) (Carmen IV, 45-48 [1]): "Ingeret Tingis sua Cassianum, festa Massylum monumenta regum, qui cinis gentes domitas coegit. ad iuga Christi."


  1. ^ Geoffrey Ernest Maurice de Sainte-Croix, Christian Persecution, Martyrdom, and Orthodoxy, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 172:"we must admit that we know nothing of the date or the circumstances of his execution"


  • Vincent J. O'Malley, Saints of Africa, ed. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 2001, p. 164 [2]