February 11th

February 11th

St. Magnus of Cuneo “San Magno”           

     San Magnus is venerated as a martyr and member of the legendary Theban Legion. He was a soldier of the Theban Legion, which had been commanded by Saint Maurice. The Legion, composed of 6,666 Christian Soldiers, was decimated at Agaunum, the modern day Saint Maurice in 286 AD. The legion, was martyred when the entire legion refused to sacrifice to the Emperor Maximian and were put to death, by decimation, one out of ten at a time, until all were martyred.             
     St. Magnus, however, fled to the mountains of Piedmont, preaching the Christian religion in the Alps.   He was eventually martyred and buried in the spot now occupied by the Santuario di San Magno. His feast day is August 19 and the Feast Day of the Theban Legion is September 22.   St. Magnus and the heroic Martyrs of the Theban Legion are patrons and models of Patriotism and Faith. St. Magnus is  often depicted giving the Patriotic Roman Salute       
     The martyrology was written by Eucherius, Bishop of Lyon, who died in 494.   He wrote:
 
"We often hear, do we not, a particular locality or city is held in high honor because of one single martyr who died there, and quite rightly, because in each case the saint gave his precious soul to the most high God. How much more should this sacred place, Agaunum, be reverenced, where so many thousands of martyrs have been slain, with the sword, for the sake of Christ." 
 

Heavenly Father,
We remember those who have given their lives
for the freedom of life and faith.
Through the intercession of St. Magnus and the Martyrs of
the Theban Legion, give us the graces we need
to love You and our Country with the faith and
courage that was evident in their llives.
every patriotic Christian.
May Your mercy rest over our land.
Amen.