samedi 19 juillet 2014

Saintes JUSTA (JUSTE) et RUFINA (RUFINE), martyres

Saintes Juste et Rufine

martyres à Séville en Espagne (3ème s.)

Justa y Rufina.

Vierges à Séville en Espagne. Elles confessèrent le Christ en refusant d'offrir pour le culte d'Adonis les poteries dont le prix était leur seul gagne-pain. Après de cruels tourments, sainte Juste mourut en prison et Rufine fut décapitée. 

Un internaute nous signale:

"Juste et Rufine sont les 2 patronnes de Prats de Mollo (Pyrénées Orientales) ... Église paroissiale : Stes Juste et Rufine."

À Séville en Espagne, vers 287, la passion des saintes Juste et Rufine, vierges et martyres. Elles furent arrêtées par le préfet Diogénien, étendues d’abord sur le chevalet et déchirées avec des ongles de fer, puis tourmentées par la prison, la faim et diverses tortures. Enfin, Juste expira en prison, et Rufine, persévérant à confesser le Christ, eut le cou brisé.

Martyrologe romain


On 19 July, Justa and Rufina, martyrs at Seville (Hispalis) in Spain. Only St. Justa is mentioned in the "Martyrologium Hieronymianum" (93), but in the historical martyrologies (Quentin, "Les martyrologes historiques", 176-77) Justina is also mentioned, following the legendary Acts. There is no doubt that both are historical martyrs of the Spanish Church.


Saints Justa and Rufina
These martyrs were two Christian women at Seville in Spain who maintained themselves by selling earthenware. Not to concur in idolatrous superstitions, they refused to sell vessels for the use of heathen ceremonies and when the worshipers broke up their stock-in-trade, Justa and Rufina retorted by overthrowing the image of a false goddess. Whereupon the people impeached them for their faith before the governor.

The prefect, after they had boldly confessed Christ, commanded them to be stretched on the rack and their sides to be torn with hooks. An idol was placed near the rack with incense, that if they would offer sacrifice they should be released; but their fidelity was not to be shaken. Justa died on the rack; the judge ordered Rufina to be strangled, and their bodies to be burned. They are greatly venerated in Spain, and no doubt their names represent historical martyrs in that place.