The martyrs Severus, Memnon, Philip, and thirty-seven others suffered in Philippopolis, Thrace under the emperor Diocletian (284-305).
When the governor learned that the St Severus had converted the centurion Memnon to Christ, he ordered that Memnon be tortured. They cut three strips of skin from St Memnon’s back.
St Severus was raked with iron hooks. Then they put red-hot rings on his fingers and girded him with a red-hot iron belt. After these tortures, he was blinded.
The others had their hands and feet cut off and were thrown into a fiery oven.