ICON Sts SERGIUS & BACCHUS SMALL 4X5
A fine art, giclée print expertly mounted on a ½" Wood Plaque with beveled edges. A satin laminate with a transparent, non-glare, UV coating protects the finish. Read more
As officers in the Roman army in Syria, Saints Sergius and Bacchus practiced their Christian faith secretly. When they were ordered to accompany an official into a temple of Jupiter to offer sacrifices, they tried to avoid the assignment quietly, but they were eventually exposed as Christians. Arrested and thrown into prison, they were first humiliated publically in the city streets. Then, because they were close friends, they were separated during torture so that they could not support one another with encouragement. Bacchus was the first to die, from the severe beating they received. That night he appeared to Sergius in a vision, urging him to persevere. Sergius was beheaded the following day.
Sergius and Bacchus were very popular throughout Late Antiquity, and churches in their honor were built in several cities, including Constantinople and Rome. The close friendship between the two is strongly emphasized in their hagiographies and traditions, making them one of the most famous examples of paired saints. This closeness led the historian John Boswell to suggest that their relationship was a romantic one; though other historians have widely rejected this theory, it has led to popular veneration of Sergius and Bacchus in the gay Christian community.