The Roman emperors had embraced Christianity; but one of them, Julian, an apostate from the faith, tried to restore the worship of the false gods, and became the executioner of his former brothers.

John and Paul, from the royal palace, rejected the friendship with which the Apostate offered them, declaring that they wanted nothing with the one who had denied Jesus Christ; Wherefore, irritated the tyrant, urged them to worship Jupiter; they preferred to die for the only God, Jesus Christ, and were beheaded. Their names are read in the first list of the Canon of the Mass.

V/. Saints John & Paul.
R/. Pray for us.