Speusippus, Eleusippus and Melapsippus

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Saint Speusippus, Eleusippus and Melapsippus
Martyrs
Died ~175 AD
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Canonized Pre-congregation
Major shrine Langres Cathedral, Langres, France
Feast January 17

Saints Speusippus, Eleusippus, and Melapsippus (Meleusippus) (d. 175 AD) are venerated as Christian martyrs. Their legend states that Speusippus, Eleusippus, and Melapsippus were Cappadocian triplets who were martyred under Marcus Aurelius.

Legend[edit]

Their eldest sister Leonilla was killed with them.[citation needed] Alternatively, Leonilla is stated to have been their grandmother and Junilla their mother, according to the Roman Martyrology.

The author of their Acts is called Saint Neo or Neon, who was himself a martyr.

Relics[edit]

In 490, their purported relics were translated to St. Mammès' Cathedral, Langres. A church at Langres also containing their relics bears the name of Saint-Geome ("Holy Twins"). Most of their relics were later taken to Swabia and the church of Saint Guy in Ellwangen.

The Diocese of Langres honors as saints a number of martyrs who, according to the St. Benignus legend, died in the persecution of Marcus Aurelius, the triplets, Saints Speusippus, Eleusippus, and Melapsippus; St. Neo, the author of their Acts, himself a martyr, St. Leonilla, their grandmother, and St. Junilla, their mother. [1]

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