Oil dedicated to martyr St Quirinus on prayer cloth
Martyr St Quirinus who was bishop of Siscia in Croatia. After having converted the inhabitants of that country to the faith of Chris. Understanding that Maximus who ruled in Pannonia as lieutenant for the governor had given orders for his arrest. Escaped from the city in order that he might be spared for the benefit of his flock. The Emperors Diocletian and Maximian having abdicated the empire in the year 303. Their successor Galerius continued the persecution against the Christians.
He was overtaken however by the soldiers and presented before Maximus. The holy bishop during the infliction raised his eyes to heaven and returned thanks to God. Then turning towards Maximus he said that he was willing to suffer still greater torments. In order to give a good example to his followers. But the lieutenant fearing that he might expire under the lash sent him back to prison.
Upon his arrival the governor had Quirinus brought before him. And read the proceedings of his former trial. Endeavored to shake his resolution by threatening to put him to a most cruel death. Notwithstanding his most advanced age. The saint replied that the recollection of his old age should the more induce him to despise death, as he had but a short time to live; and Amantius, despairing of being able to change him, ordered him to be cast into the river Sabarius, with a mill-stone tied to his neck.
The body of Saint Quirinus then sank, together with the stone, and he thus rendered his soul to God on the 4th of June, in the beginning of the fourth century. His death is placed by Saint Jerome in the year 310, and by Baronius 308.