The Glorification of St. Felix and St. Adauctus
Felix was arrested in the reign of the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian, on the charge of having embraced the Christian Faith, and was brought to the temple of Serapis. When he was ordered to offer sacrifice, he spat in the face of the brazen idol, which thereupon fell down. When this happened a second and third time in the temples of Mercury and Diana, he was accused of impiety and magic, and tortured upon the rack. It was not long, however, before he was led out to the second mile-stone upon the road to Ostia, to be smitten with the axe. As they were on their way thither, they chanced to meet a certain Christian, who, when he knew that Felix was going to finish his testimony, said aloud: I live by the same law as he doth; I worship the same Christ Jesus. And therewith he kissed Felix, and they were beheaded together, upon the 30th day of August. What the name of the second person was the Christians never knew, and he is therefore honoured under the title of Adauctus, that is, Himself-who-was-added; as he was added to the company of the Holy Martyr Felix in winning of the crown.
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