Sunday, October 07, 2007

Feast day of the 'gay saints'

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
According to legend, Sergius and Bacchus were two military martyrs, officers of the Roman Army on the Syrian frontier during the reign of Galerius Maximianus, Roman emperor from 305 to 311. They are said to have been converted to Christianity by the miracles of St Peter the Apostle. There is at least a hint of transvetism and perhaps homosexuality in the cultus, and sometimes they are referred to as patrons of gay marriage.

When they refused to enter the temple of Jupiter, they were sent to Rhesapha in Mesopotamia, where they were scourged so severely that Bacchus died; Sergius later was beheaded, but not before they were both made to cross-dress ...

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