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The sound of Alleluias fills the 50 days of Easter Sunday to Pentecost as we give thanks for the gift of our salvation. The Easter Triduum recalls the passion and resurrection of Christ in the sacred journey from Holy Thursday to Easter Vigil. "Dying he destroyed our death. Rising he restored our life."
Achilleus and Nereus, Martyrs
Persecution and killing of Christians occurred over much of the first three centuries of the Church. Achilleus and Nereus were part of the emperor’s units that persecuted Christians and they witnessed the martyrdom suffered by their own hands. They were converted to Christianity and resigned their commissions. They refused to offer sacrifices to the pagan gods, which would have spared their lives. They were beheaded in about 100 A.D. Their bodies were recovered and placed in the catacomb of Domitilla where many of their victims had been buried. Pope Damascus had an epitaph inscribed near their tombs, which praised these two soldiers.