SAINTS SERGIUS & BACCHUS (303 ce)
Sergius and Bacchus were Roman soldiers honored as martyrs. They were discovered to be Christians when they refused to worship the god Jupiter. Bacchus was beaten to death first, but according to legend he appeared to Sergius the next day in his prison cell and promised him: If I have been taken from you in body, I am still with you in the bond of union. Sergius was tortured and killed soon after. The two men had been united in a rite called adelphopoiesis, which some scholars believe may have been a type of same-sex union.