John and Paul

John and Paul ( according to tradition † at a June 26 361-363 in Rome ) are two early Christian martyrs and saints of the Catholic Church that are always mentioned together. Their names are mentioned in the first Eucharistic Prayer, the Roman Missal canon. Several major ancient churches carry their patronage, including the titular church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Rome and the Dominican Church of San Zanipolo in Venice. The evidence of their devotion to go back very far, but the details of their biography are basically Aryan.


According to the hagiographic tradition, John and Paul were brothers. As a palace eunuchs and house head of the emperor's daughter Constantina they held important positions in the city of Roman society. According to another tradition, they were officers in the imperial army. In the Roman Christian community they were deacons and were involved in the charitable work of the Gallicanus. In the reign of Emperor Julian the Apostate, they were beheaded for refusing cult in their own house on the Caelian without public trial, and he was also buried. In the 5th century left Byzantius and his son Pammachius rebuild this house a church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. There, the Relics of the two cartridge resting in two porphyry urn under the high altar.


In German-speaking John and Paul were for their Remembrance Day, the anniversary of his death on June 26, near the Seven Sleepers, also known as Holy weather.