Matins Lesson and Collect, Ss. Cornelius and Cyprian
Cornelius is believed to have died from the effects of this cruel treatment, whereof Cyprian hath written : Should not he be ranked with the most illustrious Martyrs and Confessors, for he gave sufficient evidence of his love by being ready to suffer all that he could suffer? But some say that he was beheaded, namely, on the 14th day of September, in 253. Cyprian was beheaded in 258.
Collect:Protect us, O Lord, we beseech thee : who observe the feast of blessed Cornelius and Cyprian, thy holy Martyrs and Bishops ; and grant that by their meritorious supplication we may ever find favour in thy sight. Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.