"and the saints Gervasius," (U12.1705)

S. Gervasius (2c.) was the son of S. Vitalis and S. Valeria from Milan, and had a twin brother named Protase. The brothers are considered the first martyrs of Milan. Little is known about them except that Gervasius was beaten to death with a lead-tipped whip (ca. 165), and Protase was beheaded. S. Ambrose, guided by a vision, unearthed their remains in 386. Gervasius is represented as a youth holding a lead-tipped scourge in one hand and a sword in the other, or with S. Protase. Feast June 19. This PC shows S. Gervais church in Paris.