St. Ambose Finds Martyrs, Sts. Gervasius And Protasius

Very often in The Roman Martyrology you find where martyrs were buried quickly during the Roman persecution.  But over and over, these martyrs remains are discovered through dreams telling to dig in a certain place to find these martyrs relics, (bodies).

This happened to St. Ambrose when he found the twin brothers, Sts, Gervasius and Protasius.

sts-gervase-abd-protase-appearing-to-st-ambrose-large‘St. Ambrose, in 386, had built a magnificent basilica at Milan. Asked by the people to consecrate it in the same solemn manner as was done in Rome, he promised to do so if he could obtain the necessary relics. In a dream he was shown the place in which such could be found. He ordered excavations to be made in the cemetery church of Sts. Nabor and Felix, outside the city, and there found the relics of Sts. Gervasius and Protasius. He had them removed to the church of St. Fausta, and on the next day into the basilica, which later received the name San Ambrogio Maggiore. Many miracles are related to have occurred, and all greatly rejoiced at the signal favour from heaven, given at the time of the great struggle between St. Ambrose and the Arian Empress Justina. Of the vision, the subsequent discovery of the relics and the accompanying miracles, St. Ambrose wrote to his sister Marcellina. St. Augustine, not yet baptized, witnessed the facts, and relates them in his “Confessions”, IX, vii; in “De civ. Dei”, XXII, viii; and in “Serm. 286 in natal. Ss. Mm. Gerv. et Prot.”, they are also attested by St. Paulinus of Nola, in his life of St. Ambrose. The latter died 397 and, as he had wished, his body was, on Easter Sunday, deposited in his basilica by the side of these martyrs. In 835, Angilbert II, a successor in the See of Milan, placed the relics of the three saints in a porphyry sarcophagus, and here they were again found, January, 1864.’  1914 Catholic Encyclopedia

In the Roman Martyrology for June 19th, describes their deaths by beating, scourging and beheading.  But it also describes how St. Ambrose found their bodies: ‘sprinkled with blood, and a incorrupt as if they had been slain that very day.  At there translation a blind man received his sight at the touch of the bier, and many who had been harassed by demons were set free.’