Saint Sergius

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Saint Sergius. The Eastern and Western churches celebrate the martyrs Sergius and Bacchus, Roman officers who suffered under Maximian, on 7th October. Both were martyred in Syria, Sergius at Rosafa (Rasifta, Rosafat Hisham) near Rakka. Sergius was a very famous saint in Syria and Christan Arabia; and Rosafa, which became a bishop's see took the name of Sergiopolis, and preserved his relics in a fortified basilica. The church was adorned and the place further strengthened by Justinian.


from the 9th edition (1886) of an unnamed encyclopedia.