Saint Tarcisius

Saint Tarcisius, martyr, and buried in Rome, in the cemetery of Callistus on the Appian Way, in the 3rd century. As reported by Pope Saint Damasus, while Tarcisius carried the sacrament of Christ, he wanted to prevent the Eucharist from being profaned by the furious crowd of pagans and preferred to be stoned to death rather than deliver holy things to dogs. . (extract from the Roman Martyrology) He has been the patron saint of altar servers ever since.