Rasyphus and Ravennus
name= Saints Rasyphus and Ravennus
Roman Catholic Church
death_place=Bayeux or Macé
attributes=palms of martyrdom
Saints Rasyphus (Rasiphus) and Ravennus ( _fr. Saints Rasyphe et Raven, Ravenne [ [http://www.archeo125.org/visites/vdautomne04.php VD automne 2004 ] ] ) (
fifth century[The Catholic Encyclopedia states that they were martyred in the 3rd century (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13681d.htm).] ) are venerated as Christian saintsand martyrs. According to Christian tradition, they were natives of Britain who fled their country during the Anglo-Saxon invasions. They settled in Gauland became hermits. They were then martyred, perhaps by Gothswho adhered to Arianism.
The myth of foundation associated with the parish church of St-Aubin in
Macé, Basse-Normandie, states that the two saints founded their hermitage near the site of the current building, near a miraculous spring of water. [ [http://www.archeo125.org/visites/pageimageSE2.php Macé ] ]
There are several versions of their martyrdom. The first states that they were tossed against a great block of
sandstone. Their heads dented the stone but the two saints were not hurt (there are two visible prints in the church of St-Aubin of Macé that are considered to be the marks made by the heads of the two saints). [ [http://www.archeo125.org/visites/pageimageSE2.php Macé ] ] They were then decapitated and buried near the present grounds of St-Aubin de Macé; a tombstone marks the site of their former grave. [ [http://www.archeo125.org/visites/pageimageSE2.php Macé ] ]
The two saints were venerated as great healers, responsible for many miracles. [ [http://www.archeo125.org/visites/pageimageSE2.php Macé ] ] They were venerated in the
diocese of Séez. [ [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13681d.htm Catholic Encyclopedia: Seez ] ]
relicswere taken from St-Aubin to Bayeux Cathedralduring the Vikinginvasions. The relics were then taken to Caenduring the Wars of Religion. [ [http://www.archeo125.org/visites/pageimageSE2.php Macé ] ] Finally, they were taken to Granceyin Champagne, where they rest today. [ [http://www.archeo125.org/visites/pageimageSE2.php Macé ] ] Their feast dayis July 23.
A medieval text called "Ravennus et Rasiphus mm. Baiocis" exists. [ [http://bhlms.fltr.ucl.ac.be/Nquerysaintrubrique.cfm?code_dossier=Ravennus&rubrique=Ravennus%20et%20Rasiphus%20mm.%20Baiocis BHLms - Dossier hagiographique ] ]
* [http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=4559 Rasyphus and Ravennus]
*fr icon [http://www.archeo125.org/visites/pageimageSE2.php L'ÉGLISE St-AUBIN de MACÉ] (includes image of the two saints)
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13681d.htm Diocèse de Séez] at the
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