In the old calendar, today is the feast day of Saint Cyprian and Saint Justina.
Cyprian was a practitioner of the dark arts in Antioch who sought the aid of demons in his craft. He fell into a lustful fit overa beautiful young lady named Justina. Justina, however, was a consecrated Catholic virgin with little interest in a creepy magician.
Cyprian sought to cast spells and hexes upon the virgin in order to seduce her; however Justina foiled his demonic advances by making the sign of the cross. Cyprian, amazed by the power of the cross, himself made the sign of the cross and by doing so was freed from the power of the devil. Cyprian renounced his occult activities, embraced Christ, received baptism and became known for his faith, love, and penances.
Cyprian was eventually made deacon, then priest, then finally bishop. Justina eventually become the abbess of a convent.
Tradition says that Cyprian and Justina received martyrdom together. While Cyprian had once wished to be unlawfully joined to Justina, divine providence joined them together in the greatest human act:, that is, martyrdom for Christ. The date of their martyrdom is placed on this day, September 26 in AD 304.
Saint Justina is the patroness of ladies being harassed by creepy men.
Saint Cyprian and Saint Justina, pray for us.