Julius and Aaron

Julius and Aaron

Infobox Saint
name= Saints Julius and Aaron
death_date=~304 AD
feast_day= July 1
venerated_in= Roman Catholic Church

imagesize= 250px
death_place=Caerleon, England

Saints Julius and Aaron are celebrated as two British martyrs who died during the religious persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian in AD 304. Their feast day was traditionally celebrated on July 1.

In his "De Excidio Britanniae", Gildas writes: "God…..in the…..time of persecution…..lest Britain should be completely enveloped in the thick darkness of black night, kindled for us bright lamps of holy martyrs…..I speak of Saint Alban of Verulamium, Aaron and Julius, citizens of Caerleon, and the rest of both sexes in different places, who stood firm with lofty nobleness of mind in Christ's battle." [ [http://www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/bios/aaron.html EBK: SS. Aaron & Julius ] ]

There is doubt that Diocletian's persecutions were ever carried out in Britainref|farmer, but churches were nevertheless dedicated to these two saints. Giraldus Cambrensis confirms that two churches at Caerleon were dedicated to Aaron and Julius. Bede repeats Gildas' words, but mistranslated Gildas' "Urbs Legionum" as Chester rather than Caerleon.

They were martyred at Caerleon and the approximate sites of their martyrdom are well known locally. Many churches in Caerleon and the wider Newport area are dedicated to them, as well as the suburb of St. Julian's.



* David Hugh Farmer, "The Oxford Dictionary of Saints" (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978), 228.

External links

* [http://www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/bios/aaron.html Early British Kingdoms: Aaron and Julius]
* [http://www.roughwood.net/ChurchAlbum/Monmouthshire/Caerleon/CaerleonCatholic2004.htm St Julius, Aaron & David Catholic Church, Caerleon, Monmouthshire]
* [http://www.churchinwales.org.uk/~m290/ St Julius & Aaron Anglican Church, Newport]

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