Quintodécimo Kaléndas Januárii. Luna.

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Quintodécimo Kaléndas Januárii.  Luna. The Eighteenth Day of December.  The Night of the Moon.

Philíppis, in Macedónia, natális sanctórum Mártyrum Rufi et Zósimi, qui ex illórum número discipulórum fuérunt, per quos primitíva Ecclésia in Judæis et Græcis fundáta est; de quorum étiam felíci agóne scribit sanctus Polycárpus in epístola ad Philippénses. At Philippi in Macedonia, the birthday of the holy martyrs Rufus and Zosimus, who were of the number of disciples by whom the primitive church was founded among the Jews and the Greeks. Their happy martyrdom is mentioned by St. Polycarp in his Epistle to the Philippians. Laodicéæ, in Syria, pássio sanctórum Theotími et Basiliáni. At Laodicea in Syria, the martyrdom of the Saints Theotimus and Basilian. In Africa sanctórum Mártyrum Quincti, Simplícii et aliórum; qui sub Décii et Valeriáni persecutióne passi sunt. In Africa, the holy martyrs Quinctus, Simplicius, and others who suffered in the persecution of Decius and Valerian. Ibídem sancti Moysétis Mártyris. In the same country, St. Moses, martyr. Item in Africa sanctórum Mártyrum Victúri, Victóris, Victoríni, Adjutóris, Quarti et aliórum trigínta. Also in Africa, the holy martyrs Victurus, Victor, Victorinus, Adjutor, Quartus, and thirty others. Mopsuéstiæ, in Cilícia, sancti Auxéntii Epíscopi, qui, olim sub Licínio miles, pótius elégit cíngulum exúere quam uvas Baccho offérre; factúsque Epíscopus, præclárus méritis quiévit in pace. At Mopsuestia in Cilicia, St. Auxentius, bishop, who, being at first a soldier under Licinius, preferred to surrender his military insignia rather than offer grapes to Bacchus. Having been made a bishop, he was renowned for his merit, and died in peace. Turónis, in Gállia, sancti Gratiáni Epíscopi, qui, a sancto Fabiáno Papa primus ejúsdem civitátis Epíscopus ordinátus est, et multis clarus miráculis obdormívit in Dómino. At Tours in France, St. Gratian, appointed first bishop of that city by Pope St. Fabian.  Celebrated for many miracles, he calmly went to his repose in the Lord.

Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

R. Deo grátias. R. Thanks be to God.

Butler’s Lives of the Saints:
SS. Rufus and Zozimus, Martyrs
St. Gatian, First Bishop of Tours, Confessor
St. Winebald, Abbot and Confessor

ORCCE Ordo: Feria IV Quattuor Temporum in Adventu ~ Feria major

Nota Bene: Nigeria: Islamists attack Christian principal Worthy Christian News 17 December 2013 By Joseph DeCaro ABUJA, NIGERIA (Worthy News)– Educational reforms in Nigeria’s Osun state have resulted in religious violence after Islamist youths beat a Christian principal unconscious last…  

The European crusade against Christianity The Voice of Russia 16 December 2013 By Milena Faustova The Christian civilization is in great danger. Today about 100 million followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ are being persecuted. People are suffering or sometimes even…   

Jihad on Jesus: Militants Firebomb New Christ Statue and Ancient Monastery, Syria Raymond Ibrahim 16 December 2013 By Raymond Ibrahim Earlier this month, the Islamist-led opposition in Syria broadcast a video clip of a militant threatening the nation’s Christian minority, with a focus on the Cherubim…


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Today marks the beginning of the great “O Antiphons” marking the passing of the “Golden Nights” as the Church prepares herself for the final octave (eight days) towards the Feast of the Nativity. They are recited at Vespers as the Magnificat antiphons and each emphasises a title of the Messiah. They express the hope of the prophets of Israel and the expectation of the Church.

The first great “O” is of Wisdom. O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviter disponens que omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

English: O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.

It reflects the following prophecies and Scripture:

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,

  • “I came out of the mouth of the most High, and covered the earth as a cloud.” Sirach 24:3 explicates the meaning of St John’s opening verses of his Gospel John 1:1, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It also reflects the nature of “Wisdom” that IS Christ, who as the “logos” (Greek: Word) is the “ruach Elohim” (Hebrew: spirit of God) referring to the creative activity of God (Genesis 1:2), and active power (Isaiah 40:13), in providence (Job 33:4, Psalm 104:30), in redemption (Ezekiel 11:19 & 36:26-27 ), in upholding and guiding the chosen ones (Nehemiah 9:20, Psalm 143:10, Haggai 2:5), and the empowerment of the Messiah (Isaiah 11:2; 42:1 & 61:1);

reaching from one end to the other, mightily and sweetly ordering all things:

  • “Wisdom reacheth from one end to another mightily: and sweetly doth she order all things.” Wisdom of Solomon 8:1 The most basic knowledge of Biblical symbolism reveals that any reference to the female gender in scripture points us to the head of that gender. The head of the woman is the man (Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man), the head of the man is Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.) , and “the head of Christ is God”. Now which of these is ‘wisdom’? ‘Wisdom’ certainly is not the woman, because her head is the man. Wisdom is certainly not the man because his head is Christ. But since God “by wisdom founded the earth” (Prov. 3:19), and since wisdom “is a tree of life unto them that lay hold upon her” (Prov. 3:18), and since “the head of Christ is God” (1 Cor 11:3), then it only follows that it was by Christ that the earth was founded, and it is Christ who is a tree of life (cf  Isaiah 11:2) to those who lay hold on Him, and it is Christ, who was with God “from the beginning” (John 1:1-2; Prov. 3:19). It is only Christ that can be this ‘wisdom’, because it is Christ who we are told, was used of God to create all things, “For by him [Christ, wisdom] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:16-17

Come and teach us the way of prudence.

  • “The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:2-3 At His baptism by St John the Baptist, the heavens opened and the Spirit of God descended like a dove upon Jesus (Matthew 3:13–17; Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–23); here the human nature of our Lord required, and received abundantly, the sanctifying and enlightening influences of the Holy Ghost; “Wisdom and understanding,” or intellectual and moral apprehension (εὐσυνεσία) the ability to perceive moral and abstract truth; “counsel and might,” or the power at once to scheme and originate, and also to carry out thought into act; “The knowledge and the fear of the Lord,” or acquaintance with the true will of God, combined with the determination to carry out that will to the full (John 4:34; Luke 22:42; Hebrews 10:7).
  • “[…] he is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom.” Isaiah 28:29 Christ is the “husbandman” described in this chapter of Isaiah, the wonderful Counsellor, qualified to give suitable and proper advice to the sons of men; and of “might” or “power”, to preach the Gospel with authority; in giving counsel to man, both with respect to things temporal and spiritual; and whose counsel is always wise and good, and for the best; he is “wonderful” in forming wise plans and schemes of operation; the wise plan of his works of creation and providence was formed in his vast and infinite mind from eternity; the wise scheme of our redemption and salvation by Christ was concerted by him, wherein he has abounded towards us in all wisdom and prudence; and the manner, means, time, and place, of his gathering and the effectual calling of his people, are all wisely fixed by him; and he does all things after “the counsel of his will”, Ephesians 1:11; Proverbs 3:19 “The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.”

Nota Bene. Sometimes the character of “Wisdom” is mis-attributed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, largely because of an assumption concerning the use of the feminine gender and perhaps because the Church often uses readings from the books of Proverbs and Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) on Marian festivals in the liturgy. It’s important to appreciate that it is about the Messiah, her son, that the allusion to “Wisdom” is ever made in connection with Our Lady; Our Lady certainly employed “wisdom” and chose “wisely” in accepting and applying herself to the Will of God for her, but it is her son, Christ, who is “Wisdom”.

Sextodécimo Kaléndas Januárii. Luna.

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Sextodécimo Kaléndas Januárii.  Luna. The Seventeenth Day of December.  The Night of the Moon.

Romæ natális sancti Joánnis de Matha, Presbyteri et Confessóris, qui Ordinis sanctíssimæ Trinitátis redemptiónis captivórum Fundátor éxstitit.  Ipsíus tamen festívitas, ex dispositióne Innocéntii Papæ Undécimi, ágitur sexto Idus Februárii. At Rome, the birthday of St. John of Matha, priest and confessor, founder of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity for the Redemption of Captives, whose feast, by decree of Pope Innocent XI, is observed on the 8th of  February.

Massíliæ, in Gállia, beáti Lázari Epíscopi, sanctárum Maríæ Magdalénæ ac Marthæ fratris, quem Dóminus in Evangélio appellásse amícum et a mórtuis excitásse légitur. At Marseilles in France, blessed Lazarus, brother of the Saints Mary Magdalene and Martha, of whom we read in the Gospel that our Lord called him his friend and raised him from the dead.

Eleutherópoli, in Palæstína, sanctórum Mártyrum Floriáni, Calaníci, et Sociórum quinquagínta et octo; qui, témpore Heraclíi Imperatóris, a Saracénis ob Christi fidem occísi sunt. At Eleutheropolis, the holy martyrs Florian, Calanicus, and their fifty-eight companions, who were slain by the Saracens because of the faith of Christ, during the reign of Emperor Haraclius.

In monastério Fuldénsi sancti Stúrmii, Abbátis et Saxóniæ Apóstoli; quem Innocéntius Papa Secúndus, in Concílio secúndo Lateranénsi, in Sanctórum númerum rétulit. In the monastery of Fulda, the holy abbot Sturmius, apostle of Saxony, who was ranked among the saints by Innocent II, in the second Lateran Council.

Bigárdis, prope Bruxéllas, in Brabántia, sanctæ Wivínæ Vírginis, cujus egrégiam sanctitátem mirácula crebra testántur. At Bigarden, near Brussels, St. Wivina, virgin, whose eminent sanctity is attested to by frequent miracles.

Constantinópoli sanctæ Olympíadis Víduæ. At Constantinople, St. Olympias, widow.

Andániæ, apud Septem Ecclésias, in Bélgio, beátæ Beggæ Víduæ, quæ fuit soror sanctæ Gertrúdis. At Andenne, at the Seven Churches, blessed Begga, widow, the sister of St. Gertrude.

Eódem die Translátio sancti Ignátii, Epíscopi et Mártyris; qui, tértius post beátum Petrum Apóstolum, Antiochénam rexit Ecclésiam.  Ejus corpus ab urbe Roma, ubi ipse, sub Trajáno, glorióse martyrium tertiodécimo Kaléndas Januárii consummáverat, Antiochíam delátum, ibídem, in cœmetério Ecclésiæ, extra portam Daphníticam, pósitum fuit; in qua celebritáte sanctus Joánnes Chrysóstomus conciónem ad pópulum hábuit.  Póstmodum vero ejus relíquiæ rursus Romam translátæ sunt, et in Ecclésia sancti Cleméntis, una cum córpore ejúsdem beatíssimi Papæ et Mártyris, summa veneratióne recónditæ. Also, the translation of St. Ignatius, bishop and martyr, who, the third after the blessed Apostle Peter, governed the Church of Antioch.  His body was taken from Rome, where he had suffered martyrdom under Trajan on the 20th of December, and deposited in the church cemetery near the Gate of Daphne at Antioch.  St. John Chrysostom, on that solemn occasion, preached the sermon to the people.  Afterwards his relics were carried back to Rome and placed with the highest reverence in the church of St. Clement, together with the body of that blessed pope and martyr.

Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
R. Deo grátias.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.

Butler’s Lives of the Saints:
St. Olympias, Widow
St. Begga, Widow and Abbess

ORCCE Ordo: Feria III infra Hebdomadam III Adventus ~ Feria major

Nota Bene: The European crusade against Christianity The Voice of Russia 16 December 2013 By Milena Faustova The Christian civilization is in great danger. Today about 100 million followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ are being persecuted. People are suffering or sometimes even…

Jihad on Jesus: Militants Firebomb New Christ Statue and Ancient Monastery, Syria  Raymond Ibrahim 16 December 2013 By Raymond Ibrahim Earlier this month, the Islamist-led opposition in Syria broadcast a video clip of a militant threatening the nation’s Christian minority, with a focus on the Cherubim…

Décimo séptimo Kaléndas Januárii. Luna

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Décimo séptimo Kaléndas Januárii. Luna. The Sixteenth Day of December. The Night of the Moon. 

Sancti Eusébii, Epíscopi Vercellénsis et Mártyris; cujus dies natális Kaléndis Augústi, et Ordinátio décimo octávo Kaléndas Januárii refértur.
St. Eusebius, bishop of Vercelli and martyr.  His birthday is commemorated on the 1st of August and his ordination on the 15th of December.

Sanctórum Trium Puerórum, id est Ananíæ, Azaríæ et Misaélis; quorum córpora apud Babylóniam, sub quodam specu, sunt pósita.
The three young men, Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, whose bodies are buried in a cave near Babylon.

Ravénnæ sanctórum Mártyrum Valentíni, magístri mílitum, ejúsque fílii Concórdii, atque Navális et Agrícolæ; qui, in persecutióne Maximiáni, pro Christo passi sunt.
At Ravenna, the holy martyrs Valentine, an officer of the army, Concordius, his son, Navalis, and Agricola, who suffered for Christ in the persecution of Maximian.

Fórmiis, in Campánia, sanctæ Albínæ, Vírginis et Mártyris, sub Décio Imperatóre.
At Mola di Gaeta in Campania, St. Albina, virgin and martyr, under Emperor Decius.
In Africa pássio plurimárum sanctárum Vírginum, quæ, in persecutióne Wandálica, sub Ariáno Rege Hunneríco, suspéndia, póndera laminásque ignítas perpéssæ, martyrii agónem felíciter consummárunt.
In Africa, many holy virgins who reached a happy end of their martyrdom in the persecution of the Vandals under the Arian king Hunneric by having heavy weights tied to them and burning plates of metal applied to their bodies.

Viénnæ, in Gállia, beáti Adónis, Epíscopi et Confessóris.
At Vienne in France, blessed Ado, bishop and confessor.

In Hibérnia sancti Beáni Epíscopi.
In Ireland, St. Bean, bishop.

Gazæ, in Palæstína, sancti Ireniónis Epíscopi.
At Gaza in Palestine, St. Irenion, bishop.

Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
R.  Deo grátias.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R.  Thanks be to God.

December XVI.
St. Ado, Archbishop of Vienne, Confessor
St. Alice, or Adelaide, Empress
St. Beanus, Bishop in Ireland

FOR NEWS OF CONTEMPORARY MARTYRS…

Open Doors – The world’s largest outreach to persecuted Christians in the most high-risk places.

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Décimo octávo Kaléndas Januárii. Luna

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Décimo octávo Kaléndas Januárii. Luna . The Fifteenth Day of December. The Night of the Moon. 

Octáva Conceptiónis beátæ Maríæ Vírginis.
The Octave of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Romæ sanctórum Mártyrum Irenæi, Antónii, Theodóri, Saturníni, Victóris, et aliórum decem et septem, qui, in persecutióne Valeriáni, pro Christo passi sunt.
At Rome, the holy martyrs Irenaeus, Anthony, Theodore, Saturninus, Victor, and seventeen others who suffered for Christ in the persecution of Valerian.
In Africa, pássio sanctórum Faustíni, Lúcii, Cándidi, Cæliáni, Marci, Januárii et Fortunáti.
In Africa, the martyrdom of Saints Faustinus, Lucius, Candidus, Cælian, Mark, Januarius, and Fortunatus.
Ibídem sancti Valeriáni Epíscopi, qui, cum esset annórum plus octogínta, in persecutióne Wandálica, sub Rege Ariáno Genseríco, convéntus ab eo ut tráderet Ecclésiæ utensília, idque constánter renuísset, extra civitátem singuláris jussus est pelli; cumque præcéptum esset ut nullus eum neque in domo neque in agro dimítteret habitáre, multo témpore in strata pública nudo sub áere jácuit, et, in confessióne et defensióne cathólicæ veritátis, cursum beátæ vitæ complévit.
In the same country, the holy bishop Valerian, who, being upwards of eighty years of age, in the persecution of the Vandals, under the Arian king Genseric, was asked to deliver the vessels of the Church, and as he constantly refused, an order was issued to drive him all alone out of the city, and all persons were forbidden to allow him to stay in their houses or on their land.  For a long time he remained lying on the public road, in the open air, and thus in the confession and defence of Catholic truth he ended his blessed life.

In territorio Aurelianénsi sancti Maximíni Confessóris.
In the territory of Orleans, St. Maximin, confessor.
Apud Ibéros, trans Pontum Euxínum, sanctæ Christiánæ ancíllæ, quæ miraculórum virtúte gentem illam, témpore Constantíni, ad Christi fidem perdúxit.
Among the Iberians across the Euxine Sea, St. Christiana, a maidservant, who by virtue of her miracles led that people to the faith of Christ, in the time of Constantine.

Vercéllis Ordinátio sancti Eusébii, Epíscopi et Mártyris.
At Vercelli, the ordination of St. Eusebius, bishop and martyr.

Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
R.  Deo grátias.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R.  Thanks be to God.

December XV.
St. Eusebius, Bishop of Vercelli
St. Florence, or Flann, Abbot in Ireland

FOR NEWS OF CONTEMPORARY MARTYRS…

Open Doors – The world’s largest outreach to persecuted Christians in the most high-risk places.

Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East – providing humanitarian relief in Iraq through St George’s Church and Clinic.

Voice of the Persecuted – Informing the world of Christian persecution, one of the worst humanitarian crises on the planet, today.

Décimo nono Kaléndas Januárii. Luna.

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Décimo nono Kaléndas Januárii.  Luna. The Fourteenth Day of December.  The Night of the Moon.

Ubédæ, in Hispánia, natális sancti Joánnis a Cruce, Presbyteri et Confessóris, sanctæ Terésiæ in Carmelitárum reformatióne sócii; quem, a Summo Pontífice Benedícto Décimo tértio Sanctis adscríptum, Pius Papa Undécimus Doctórem universális Ecclésiæ declarávit. Ipsíus tamen festívitas ágitur octávo Kaléndas Decémbris.

At Ubeda in Spain, the birthday of St. John of the Cross, priest and confessor, and the companion of St. Teresa in the reform of the Carmelites. Pope Benedict XIII placed him on the list of the saints, and Pope Pius XI declared him a doctor of the universal Church. His feast, however, is observed on the 24th of November.

Rhemis, in Gállia, pássio sanctórum Nicásii Epíscopi, ac soróris Eutrópiæ Vírginis, et Sociórum Mártyrum; qui a bárbaris Ecclésiæ hóstibus cæsi sunt.

At Rheims in France, holy Bishop Nicasius, his sister, the virgin Eutropia, and their companions, martyrs, who were put to death by barbarians hostile to the Church.

Alexandríæ sanctórum Mártyrum Herónis, Arsénii, Isidóri, et Dióscori púeri. Horum tres primos Judex, in persecutióne Deciána, cum eos, váriis torméntis dilánians, pari armátos constántia vidéret, tradi ígnibus jubet; Dióscorus vero, multiplíciter flagellátus, divíno nutu ad consolatiónem fidélium dimíssus est.

At Alexandria, the holy martyrs Heron, Arsenius, Isidore, and the boy Dioscorus. In the persecution of Decius, the first three were subjected to all the refinements of cruelty by the judge, who, seeing them displaying the same constancy, ordered that they should be cast into the fire. But Dioscorus, after repeated scourgings, was set free by the intervention of Providence to the great consolation of the faithful.

Antiochíæ natális sanctórum Mártyrum Drusi, Zósimi et Theodóri.

At Antioch, the birthday of the holy martyrs Drusus, Zosimus, and Theodore.

Eódem die pássio sanctórum Justi et Abúndii, qui, sub Numeriáno Imperatóre et Olybrio Præside, conjécti in ignem, et, cum inde evasíssent illæsi, gládio percússi sunt.

On the same day, the martyrdom of Saints Justus and Abundius, who were cast into the flames in the time of Emperor Numerian and the governor Olybrius, but escaping all injury, they were smitten with the sword.

In Cypro natális beáti Spiridiónis Epíscopi, qui unus fuit ex illis Confessóribus, quos Galérius Maximiánus, dextro óculo effósso et sinístro póplite succíso, ad metálla damnáverat. Hic prophetíæ dono et signórum glória ínclitus fuit, et in Nicæno Concílio philósophum éthnicum, Christiánæ religióni insultántem, devícit et ad fidem perdúxit.

In the island of Cyprus, the birthday of blessed Spiridion, bishop. He was one of those confessors who were condemned by Galerius Maximian to labour in the mines, after suffering the loss of his right eye and cutting of the sinews of his left knee. This prelate was renowned for the gift of prophecy and glorious miracles, and in the Council of Nicea he confounded a heathen philosopher, who had insulted the Christian religion, and brought him to the faith.

Bérgomi sancti Viatóris, Epíscopi et Confessóris.

At Bergamo, St. Viator, bishop and confessor.

Papíæ sancti Pompéji Epíscopi.

At Pavia, St. Pompey, bishop.

Neápoli, in Campánia, sancti Agnélli Abbátis, virtúte miraculórum illústris, qui obséssam urbem sæpe visus est Crucis vexíllo ab hóstibus liberáre.

At Naples in Campania, St. Agnellus, abbot. Illustrious for the gift of miracles, he was often seen with the standard of the Cross, delivering the city besieged by enemies.

Medioláni sancti Matroniáni Eremítæ.

At Milan, St. Matronian, hermit.

Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
R. Deo grátias.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.

Butler’s Lives of the Saints:
St. Spiridion, Bishop and Confessor
SS. Nicasius, Ninth Archbishop of Rheims, and His Companions, Martyrs


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Idibus Decémbris. Luna.

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Idibus Decémbris.  Luna. The Thirteenth Day of December.  The Night of the Moon.

Syracúsis, in Sicília, natális sanctæ Lúciæ, Vírginis et Mártyris, in persecutióne Diocletiáni. Hæc nóbilis Virgo, cum eam lenónes, quibus, jubénte, Paschásio Consulári, trádita erat ut a pópulo castitáti ejus illuderétur, dúcere vellent, nullátenus per illos movéri pótuit, nec fúnibus ádditis, nec boum jugis plúrimis; deínde vero, picem, resínam ac fervens óleum nil læsa súperans, tandem, gládio in gútture percússa, martyrium consummávit.

At Syracuse in Sicily, the birthday of St. Lucy, virgin and martyr, in the persecution of Diocletian. By order of the proconsul Paschasius, she was delivered to profligates, that her chastity might be insulted by the people; but when they attempted to lead her away they were not able to move her, either with ropes or by means of many yoke of oxen. Then having hot pitch, resin, and burning oil applied to her body without being injured, she finally had a sword driven through her throat, and thus completed her martyrdom.

Molíni, in Gállia, item natális sanctæ Joánnæ-Francíscæ Frémiot de Chantal Víduæ, quæ Ordinis Sanctimoniálium Visitatiónis sanctæ Maríæ fuit Institútrix; ac, nobilitáte géneris, vitæ sanctimónia, quam in quadruplíci statu constánter duxit, et miraculórum dono illústris, a Cleménte Décimo tértio, Pontífice Máximo, in Sanctárum númerum reláta est. Sacrum ejus corpus Annésium, in Sabáudia, translátum fuit, et solémni pompa in prima sui Ordinis Ecclésia tumulátum. Ipsíus autem festum duodécimo Kaléndas Septémbris ab univérsa Ecclésia Clemens Papa Décimus quartus celebrári mandávit.

At Moulins in France, the birthday of St. Jane Frances Fremiot de Chantal, widow, foundress of the Nuns of the Visitation of St. Mary, distinguished by the nobility of her birth, by the holiness she constantly displayed in four different states of life, and by the gift of miracles. She was placed among the saints by Clement XIII. Her holy body was taken to Annecy in Savoy and buried with great pomp in the first church of her order. by order of Clement XIV, her feast is kept by the whole Church on the 21st of August.

In Arménia pássio sanctórum Mártyrum Eustrátii, Auxéntii, Eugénii, Mardárii et Oréstis, in persecutióne Diocletiáni. Ex ipsis Eustrátius, primum sub Lysia, deínde Sebáste, sub Agricoláo Præside, una cum Oréste exquisítis torméntis cruciátus, in fornácem missus réddidit spíritum; Oréstes autem, in stratum férreum ignítum pósitus, migrávit ad Dóminum; céteri apud Arábracos, sævíssimis agitáti supplíciis, sub Lysia Præside, diversímode martyrium consummárunt. Eórum córpora, póstea Romam transláta, in Ecclésia sancti Apollináris honorífice collocáta sunt.

In Armenia, the martyrdom of the holy martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes, in the persecution of Diocletian. Eustratius was the first subjected alone to barbarous torments under Lysias. Then he was conducted to Sebaste, where he was tortured together with Orestes under the governor Agricolaus, and being cast into a furnace, yielded up his soul; but Orestes being laid on a bed of heated iron, rendered his soul unto God. The others were made to endure most grievous torments among the Arabraci, under the governor Lysias, and fulfilled their martyrdom in different ways. Their relics were afterwards carried to Rome and placed with due honours in the church of St. Apollinaris.

In Sulcitána ínsula, apud Sardíniam, pássio sancti Antíochi, sub Hadriáno Imperatóre.

At Sardinia, in the island of Sulci, the martyrdom of St. Antiochus, under Emperor Hadrian.

Cameráci, in Gállia, sancti Authbérti, Epíscopi et Confessóris.

At Cambrai in France, St. Aubert, bishop and confessor.

In pago Pontívo, in Gállia, sancti Judóci, Presbyteri et Confessóris.
In the parts of Ponthieu in France, St. Judoc, priest and confessor.

In território Argentoraténsi sanctæ Othíliæ Vírginis.
In the territory of Strasbourg, St. Otilie, virgin.

Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
R. Deo grátias.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.

Butler’s Lives of the Saints:
St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr
St. Jodoc, or Josse, Confessor
St. Kenelm, King and Martyr
St. Aubert, Bishop of Cambray and Arras, Confessor
B. John Marinoni, Confessor
St. Othilia, Virgin and Abbess

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Prídie Idus Decémbris. Luna.

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Prídie Idus Decémbris.  Luna. The Twelfth Day of December.  The Night of the Moon.

Alexandríæ sanctórum Epímachi et Alexándri, qui, sub Décio Imperatóre, cum fuíssent multo témpore in vínculis, atque, divérsis supplíciis affécti, perdurássent in fide, ígnibus tandem consúmpti sunt. Sanctus vero Epímachus, simul cum sancti Gordiáno Mártyre, festíva celebritáte cólitur sexto Idus Maji.

At Alexandria, in the time of Decius, the holy martyrs Epimachus and Alexander, who were kept in chains a long time and subjected to various torments, but as they persevered in the faith, they were finally consumed by fire. The feast of St. Epimachus together with that of St. Gordian the martyr is observed on the 10th of May.

Romæ sancti Synésii Mártyris, qui, beáti Xysti Papæ Secúndi témpore ordinátus Lector, et, cum multos convertísset ad Christum, apud Aureliánum Imperatórem accusátus, martyrii corónam gládio percússus accépit.

At Rome, the holy martyr Synesius, who was ordained lector in the time of blessed Pope Sixtus. Having converted many to Christ, he was accused before Emperor Aurelian, and being put to the sword, received the crown of martyrdom.

Eódem die sanctórum Mártyrum Hermógenis, Donáti et aliórum vigínti duórum.

On the same day, the holy martyrs Hermogenes, Donatus, and twenty-two others.

Tréviris sanctórum Mártyrum Maxéntii, Constántii, Crescéntii, Justíni et Sociórum; qui in persecutióne Diocletiáni, sub Rictiováro Præside, passi sunt.

At Treves, the holy martyrs Maxentius, Constantius, Crescentius, Justinus, and their companions, who suffered in the persecution of Diocletian, under the governor Rictiovarus.

Alexandríæ sanctárum Ammonáriæ Vírginis, Mercúriæ, Dionysiæ et altérius Ammonáriæ. Harum prima, in persecutióne Décii, inaudítis tormentórum genéribus superátis, beátum vitæ finem, ferro cædénte, percépit; tres vero áliæ, cum Judex a féminis superári erubésceret, ac dubitáret, ne, eádem in illas exércens cruciaménta, viríli eárum étiam constántia vincerétur, statim jussæ sunt decollári.

At Alexandria, the holy women Ammonaria, virgin, Mercuria, Dionysia, and another Ammonaria. The first named, after having triumphed over unheard-of kinds of torments, in the persecution of Decius, ended her blessed life by beheading. As to the three others, the judge, being ashamed to be overcome by women, and fearing that by resorting to tortures he would be vanquished by their constancy, ordered them to be beheaded immediately.

Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
R. Deo grátias.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.

Butler’s Lives of the Saints:
SS. Epimachus and Alexander, &c. Martyrs
St. Finian, or Finan, Bishop of Cluain-Irard, or Clonard, Confessor in Ireland
St. Columba, Abbot in Ireland
St. Eadburge, Abbess of Menstrey in the Isle of Thanet
St. Valery, Abbot
St. Corentin, Bishop and Confessor

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Quarto Idus Decémbris. Luna.

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Pope Damasus ITértio Idus Decémbris.  Luna. The Eleventh Day of December.  The Night of the Moon.

Romæ sancti Dámasi Primi, Papæ et Confessóris; qui Apollinárem hæresiárcham damnávit, et Petrum, Epíscopum Alexandrínum, fugátum restítuit; multa étiam sanctórum Mártyrum córpora invénit, eorúmque memórias vérsibus exornávit.

At Rome, St. Damasus, pope and confessor, who condemned the heresiarch Apollinaris, and restored to his See Peter, bishop of Alexandria, who had been driven from it. He also discovered the bodies of many holy martyrs and composed verses in their honour.

Item Romæ pássio sancti Trasónis, qui, cum Christiános laborántes in thermis, aliísque opéribus públicis fatigátos, et in cárcere pósitos, de suis facultátibus áleret, jussu Maximiáni tentus est, et cum áliis duóbus, id est Pontiáno et Prætextáto, martyrio coronátus.

Also at Rome, St. Thrason. He was arrested by order of Maximian for supporting with his goods the Christians who laboured in the baths and at other public works, and those confined in jail. He was crowned with martyrdom with two others, Pontian and Prætextatus.

Ambiáni, in Gállia, sanctórum Mártyrum Victórici et Fusciáni, sub eódem Imperatóre, in quorum náribus et áuribus jussit Rictiovárus Præses immítti tarínchas, et clavis ardéntibus témpora transfígi, deínde óculos evélli, ac póstmodum eórum córpora jaculári; sicque, una cum sancto Gentiáno, eórum hóspite, capítibus amputátis, migravérunt ad Dóminum.

At Amiens in France, the holy martyrs Victoricus and Fuscian, under the same emperor. By order of Governor Rictiovarus, they had iron pins driven into their ears and nostrils, heated nails into their temples, and arrows into their bodies and their eyes torn out. They were beheaded with St. Gentian, their guest, and they passed to the Lord.

In Pérside sancti Bársabæ Mártyris.

In Persia, St. Barsabas, martyr.

In Hispánia sancti Eutychii Mártyris.

In Spain, St. Eutychius, martyr.

Placéntiæ sancti Sabíni Epíscopi, miráculis clari.

At Piacenza, St. Sabinus, bishop, renowned for miracles.

Constantinópoli sancti Daniélis Stylítæ.

At Constantinople, St. Daniel Stylites.

Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
R. Deo grátias.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.

Butler’s Lives of the Saints:
St. Damasus, Pope and Confessor
SS. Fuscian, Victoricus, and Gentian, Martyrs
St. Daniel the Stylite, Confessor


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Quarto Idus Decémbris.  Luna. The Tenth Day of December.  The Night of the Moon.

Sancti Melchíadis, Papæ et Mártyris, cujus dies natális recensétur tértio Idus Januárii.

St. Melchiades, pope and martyr, whose birthday is mentioned on the 11th of January.

Romæ, via Ostiénsi, Dedicátio Basílicæ sancti Pauli Apóstoli; quæ, simul cum Dedicatióne Basílicæ sancti Petri, Apostolórum Príncipis, ánnua celebritáte recólitur quartodécimo Kaléndas Decémbris.

At Rome, on the Ostian Way, the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Paul the Apostle. The yearly commemoration of this Dedication, together with that of St. Peter, prince of the apostles, is observed on the 18th of November.

Eódem die sanctórum Mártyrum Carpóphori Presbyteri, et Abúndii Diáconi; qui, in Diocletiáni persecutióne, primo fústibus crudelíssime cæsi, deínde in cárcerem, negátio cibo et potu, retrúsi, et rursum in equúleo torti, et post hæc diu in cárcere maceráti, novíssime gládio percússi sunt.

Also, the holy martyrs Carpophorus, a priest, and Abundius, a deacon, in the persecution of Diocletian. They were first cruelly beaten with rods, then imprisoned and denied food and drink; being placed on the rack a second time and again thrown into prison, they were finally beheaded.

Alexandríæ sanctórum Mártyrum Mennæ, Hermógenis et Eugraphi; qui sub Galério Maximiáno passi sunt.

At Alexandria, the holy martyrs Mennas, Hermogenes, and Eugraphus, who suffered under Galerius Maximian.

Apud Leontínos, in Sicília, sanctórum Mártyrum Mercúrii et Sociórum mílitum; qui, sub Tertyllo Præside, témpore Licínii Imperatóris, gládio cæsi sunt.

At Lentini in Sicily, the holy martyrs Mercurius and his soldier companions, who were slain by the sword under the governor Tertyllus, in the reign of Emperor Licinius.

Ancyræ, in Galátia, sancti Gemélli Mártyris, qui, post dira torménta, sub Juliáno Apóstata, crucis supplício martyrium consummávit.

At Ancyra in Galatia, St. Gemellus, martyr, who, after severe torments, fulfilled his martyrdom by being crucified in the time of Julian the Apostate.

Eméritæ, in Hispánia, pássio sanctæ Euláliæ Vírginis, quæ, sub Maximiáno Imperatóre, cum esset annórum duódecim, ibi, jussu Daciáni Præsidis, pro confessióne Christi, plúrima torménta est perpéssa; novíssime, in equúleo suspénsa et exunguláta, fáculis ardéntibus ex utróque látere appósitis, hausto igne, spíritum réddidit.

At Merida in Spain, in the time of Maximian, the martyrdom of the holy virgin Eulalia, who at twelve years of age suffered many torments for the confession of Christ by order of the governor Dacian. She was stretched on the rack, torn with iron claws, had her sides burned with flaming torches, and swallowing the fire she expired.

Item ibídem sanctæ Júliæ, Vírginis et Mártyris; quæ beátæ Euláliæ sócia fuit, et illi ad passiónem properánti indivídua comes adhæsit.

Also, in the same city, St. Julia, virgin and martyr, the companion of the blessed Eulalia, who would not be separated from her when the latter went to suffer.

Romæ beáti Gregórii Papæ Tértii, qui sanctitáte meritísque præclárus migrávit in cælum.

At Rome, Pope St. Gregory III, who departed for heaven renowned for his sanctity and good works.

Viénnæ, in Gállia, sancti Sindúlphi, Epíscopi et Confessóris.

At Vienne in France, St. Sindulph, bishop and confessor.

Bríxiæ sancti Deúsdedit Epíscopi.

At Brescia, St. Deusdedit, bishop.

Lauréti, in Picéno, Translátio sacræ Domus Genitrícis Dei Maríæ, qua in domo Verbum caro factum est. Ipsam vero beatíssimam Vírginem, Lauretánæ título nuncupátam, Benedíctus Papa Décimus quintus ómnibus aereonáutis præcípuam apud Deum Patrónam attríbuit.

At Loreto in Piceno, the Translation of the Holy House of Mary the Mother of God, wherein the Word was made flesh. Pope Benedict XV declared the same Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Loreto, to be the chief Patroness before God of all airmen.

Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
R. Deo grátias.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.

Butler’s Lives of the Saints:
St. Melchiades, Pope
St. Eulalia, Virgin and Martyr
Another St. Eulalia, Virgin and Martyr

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