St Caesarius of Terracina (Patron for good success of Caesarean Section)
St Caesarius of Terracina born in Carthage, Northern Africa. The son of a mercenary and a noblewoman who descended from the Gens Julia. The illustrious Roman family. His parents named him Caesarius to show devotion and relation to the Emperor. Also known by the title Caesar.
His ancestors settled in the Roman colony founded in Carthage by Julius Caesar. At the time of his reorganization of the African territories. Caesarius’s family converted to Christianity thanks to the Apostles’ predication. Which particularly fervent in those areas.
It is believed that every 1st of January a celebration in honor of Apollo took place in Terracin. The town’s noblest and most handsome young man to sacrifice himself to Apollo for the prosperity of the States and the Emperors. The ancient custom established that after nurtured and taken care of for six to eight months. The chosen one would be adorned with magnificent arms.
That year the chosen young man’s name Luciano. When St Caesarius of Terracina saw Luciano for the first time. He wondered what all that wealth and splendor were about. On learning about the human sacrifice, Caesarius horrified.
When the 1st of January came, priests, authorities and worshippers gathered in Apollo’s temple. For the rituals while a procession led by Luciano winded towards the hill. Despite Caesarius’s several attempts at halting the barbarous rite the sacrifice completed.
Luciano rode his horse up the hill-top and then threw himself and his recalcitrant horse off the hill. The young man hit onto the rocks and died at sea together with his mount.
Following a number of episodes that led to the death of Leonzio. A year later Lussurio arrested Julian. A local presbyter close to Caesarius. And both he and the deacon sentenced to capital punishment. The execution took place on the 1st of November 107 A.D. The convicts tied in a sack and flung into the sea from the top of Pisco Montano.
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