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St. Victor

St. Victor was a Catholic officer of the Roman army known for his noble lineage, military valor, and intelligence skills in the garrison of Marseille around the year 290 AD. He developed a strong apostolate with his fellow men of arms and the people of the city, stimulating them to all courageously face the persecution of Christians during this time period. His activities were discovered by enemies of the Faith and Victor was denounced to the Emperor. He was brought before two Roman prefects in the city, who, because of his distinction, was sent to the Emperor himself. The Emperor imposed cruel punishment on him in an attempt to make him deny the Catholic Faith. All those tortures were futile because Victor remained faithful. 

After being tortured, he was thrown in a prison, and there he converted the three soldiers who were guarding him. When the Emperor heard this, he ordered that Victor be taken to a pagan temple to burn incense to the false idol Jupiter. Victor went up to the altar and kicked the statue to the ground. Indignant, the Emperor order that Victor’s foot be chopped off and then his body crushed by a millstone. When the mill stone broke down, he ordered Victor beheaded. In the cave where his remains were conserved, many miracles took place. His relics were kept for centuries in the Abbey of Saint Victor in Marseille. Today, the relics are in the Church of St. Nicolas of Chardonnay in Paris.​