Saints Soter and Caius 

Popes, Martyrs

Feast Day - April 22

Soter was born at Fundi in Campania. He ordered that consecrated virgins should not touch the sacred vessels and palls, nor act as thurifers in the church. He also decreed that all Christians should receive the Body of Christ on Holy Thursday, except those forbidden to do so by grave sin. He was crowned with martyrdom under the emperor Marcus Aurelius and buried in the cemetery later called that of Callistus.

Caius was a Dalmatian, of the kindred of the emperor Diocletian. He decreed that these several orders and grades of honor in the Church should lead up to the episcopate, namely: doorkeeper, lector, exorcist, acolyte, subdeacon, deacon and priest. Fleeing from the cruelty of Diocletian towards the Christians, he hid himself for some time in a cave; then after eight years, received the crown of martyrdom together with his brother Gabinus and was buried in the cemetery of Callistus.

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. II: Passion Sunday to August (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1963), p. 1746.

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