- Julius and Aaron
name= Saints Julius and Aaron
Roman Catholic Church
In his "De Excidio Britanniae",
Gildaswrites: "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 Albanof 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 Cambrensisconfirms that two churches at Caerleon were dedicated to Aaron and Julius. Bederepeats Gildas' words, but mistranslated Gildas' "Urbs Legionum" as Chesterrather 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
Newportarea 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.
* [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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