Day XIV. Tuesday, Week II.
"Lord, help us always, for without you we are bound to fail" (Adapted from
Collect for today).
Santa Balbina. Unfortunately, little known about Saint Balbina except from
earliest times she was venerated as a Christian martyr, probably at the
time of emperor Hadrian (132). Tradition has it that she was baptized and
chose Christ as her spouse. Since she refused to be unchaste, she and her
father, Quirinus, were accused, convicted,
and executed for being Christian. Pope Saint Mark (336) erected this
church in Balbina's memory and the earthly remains of father and daughter
lie together under the altar.