The Torture of St. Hippolyteafter 1468
Oil on wood, 90 x 89.2 cm
St Salvator Cathedral, Bruges
Hippolytus was a prominent priest of the church of Rome at the beginning of the third century. Together with the Pope St. Pontian he was exiled to Sardinia, and his sufferings ended in martyrdom A.D. 235.
In about the year 320, officials at Imola, Italy, arrested Cassian, a Christian schoolmaster. The governor ordered him to be tortured by his own pagan pupils. After making barbarous sport of Cassian in various ways, the pagan boys stabbed their former teacher to death with their stilettos.
Mass of SEVERAL MARTYRS, except
O Almighty God, grant that our solemn celebration of the feast of your holy martyrs Hippolytus and Cassian may increase our devotion and bring us closer to our salvation. Through our Lord . . .
Look kindly upon the gifts Your people offer on this feast day of Your saints. May the testimony that these saints gave to th etruth help us toward salvation. Through our Lord . . .
O Lord, may the reception of Your Sacraments save us and confirm us in the light of Your truth. Through our Lord . . .