Saint Quirinus of Rome
, or Quirinus of
, is venerated as a martyr
of the third century.
According to one tradition, he was beheaded during the reign of
was thrown into the Tiber and later found at
Quirinus was, according to another
legendary account, the son of Philip the
According to the legendary Acts
of the martyrs St.
and St. Martha
, a Roman martyr Quirinus
(Cyrinus) was buried in the Catacomb
. However, the Itineraries to the graves of the Roman
martyrs do not mention him.
was later connected with the abbey of Tegernsee in Bavaria, where his
relics had been translated in
the eighth century, during the reign of King Pippin and Pope
However, Quirinus' relics may have been
translated instead during the papacy of Paul I, around 761.
Kapelle St Quirinus, Tegernsee
His feast is celebrated on March 25
Perhaps this Quirinus is meant by the expression "Romæ sancti Cyri"
found in the "Martyrologium Hieronymianum" of March 24
(cf. "Acta SS.", III, March, 543 sqq.;
Dufourcq "Les Gesta martyrum romains", I, 240).
Quirinus' cult flourished from its center at Tegernsee, and a
larger stone church was built in 1450 to house his coffin.
- CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Sts. Quirinus