Saint Tarsicius (3rd or 4th century)

for August 15

Saint Tarsicius was either a layman or a deacon who lived sometime in the third or fourth century. He was attacked by a pagan gang while he was on his way to deliver the Eucharist to a bedridden Christian friend. He was killed defending the Host. After the pagan gang had killed Tarsicius, they looked for the Hosts that he was carrying, but they had miraculously disappeared. Saint Tarsicius is the patron saint of altar servers and first communicants.

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It takes great strength to stand up to those who wish to do us harm, when giving in to them seems so easy. Ask the Lord to always help you defend your faith and stand up for what is right.


God, we have no right to expect that we will not be tested and tried as we resolve to serve you. Help us to be strong as we strive to serve you better. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)