The Church, anxious during this part of the Easter Cycle to glorify God for the victory of His Son, "consecrates this day by the triumph of the blessed Martyr Venantius" (Collect). "Living in Jesus and Jesus in him, he bore much fruit " (Gospel), "and was persecuted in order that he should bear still more" (Ibid.).
Born at Camerino in Umbria, he was led at the age of fifteen before Antiochus, governor of the town under the Emperor Decius. He was made to suffer cruel torments, but angels came and assisted him. "His tormentors were touched with repentance by his constancy" (Epistle) and many were converted. He was beheaded towards 250. His body lies at Camerino in the church dedicated to him.
"Let us honour the merits of St. Venantius and imitate the constancy of his faith" (Collect).
Protexisti me, Deus, a conventu malignantium, alleluja: a multitudine operantium iniquitatem, alleluja, alleluja. * Exaudi, Deus, orationem meam cum deprecor: a timore inimici eripe animam meam.
Thou hast protected me, O God, from the assembly of the malignant, alleluia: from the multitude of the workers of iniquity, alleluia, alleluia. * Hear, O God, my prayer, when I make supplication to Thee: free my soul from the fear of the enemy.
(Psalm 63:3,2 from the Introit of Mass)
Deus, qui hunc diem beati Venantii Martyris tui triumpho consecrasti: exaudi preces populi tui, et praesta; ut qui ejus merita veneramur, fidei constantiam imitemur.
O God, who hast hallowed this day by the triumph of Thy blessed martyr Venantius : graciously hear the prayers of Thy people, and grant that we who venerate his merits, may imitate his constancy in the faith.
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venantius_of_Camerino