V. Dóminus vobíscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Preces pópuli tui, quaesumus, Dómine, cleménter exáudi: ut beáti Marcélli Mártyris tui atque Pontíficis méritis adiuvémur, cuius passióne lætámur.
Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
O Lord, we beseech You, graciously hear the prayers of You people, that we may be helped by the merits of blessed Marcellus, Your Pope and Martyr, whose sufferings we celebrate.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
From the Office of Matins:
Marcéllus Románus, a Constántio et Galério usque ad Maxéntium pontificátum gessit. Eius hortátu Lucína, matróna Romána, bonórum suórum Dei Ecclésiam fecit herédem. Aucto in Urbe fidélium número, novos Títulos instítuit, et quasi álteras dioecéses distríbuit. Quare irátus Maxéntius, grávia supplícia minátur, nisi, depósito pontificátu, idólis immoláret. Acriter réstitit póntifex, ideóque missus fuit in catábulum, ut bestiárum, quæ públice alebántur, curam sustinéret. Novem menses ibi tradúxit, paróchias, quas præsens non póterat, vísitans per epístolas. Inde eréptus a cléricis, hospítio recípitur a beáta Lucína, in cuius ædibus ecclésiam dedicávit, ubi fidélibus prædicábat. Tunc Maxéntius in eam ecclésiam béstias catábuli transférri et a Marcéllo custodíri iubet: qui, loci foeditáte et ærúmnis afflíctus obdormívit in Dómino. Eius corpus in coemetério Priscíllæ via Salária a beáta Lucína sepúltum est die décimo sexta Ianuárii.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.
Marcellus of Rome was Pope from the reign of Constantius and Galerius to that of Maxentius. At his suggestion the Roman lady Lucina willed her property to God's Church. Because the number of the faithful in the city had increased, he set up new parishes and divided the City into various districts. This angered Maxentius and he threatened Marcellus with heavy punishments unless he would abandon his pontificate and sacrifice to idols. The Pope resisted steadfastly, and so Maxentius had him sent to the stable to take care of the beasts fed at the public expense. Marcellus spent nine months there, and since he could not be present in his parishes in person, he visited them by his letters. He was rescued from this place by some clerics and given hospitality by Lucina in whose house he dedicated a church where he preached to the faithful. Then Maxentius ordered the beasts moved from the stable to the church, so that Marcellus again had to take care of them. The foul atmosphere of the place and his hardships soon proved fatal to Marcellus. He died in the Lord, and was buried in the cemetery of Priscilla on the Salarian Way by blessed Lucina, on January 16.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God