romanmartyrology

Prídie Nonas Decémbris. Luna . The Fourth Day of December. The Night of the Moon. 

Sancti Petri Chrysólogi, Epíscopi Ravennátis, Confessóris et Ecclésiæ Doctóris, cujus memória quarto Nonas hujus mensis recensétur.
St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop of Ravenna, confessor, and doctor of the Church, whose birthday is kept on the 2nd of December.

Nicomedíæ pássio sanctæ Bárbaræ, Vírginis et Mártyris; quæ, in persecutióne Maximíni, post diram cárceris maceratiónem, lampadárum adustiónem, mamillárum præcisiónem atque ália torménta, gládio martyrium consummávit.
At Nicomedia, the passion of St. Barbara, virgin and martyr, in the persecution of Maximinus.  After a series of sufferings, a long imprisonment, the burning with torches, and the cutting away of her breasts, her martyrdom was fulfilled by the sword.

Constantinópoli sanctórum Theóphanis et Sociórum.
At Constantinople, St. Theophanes and his companions.

In Ponto beáti Melétii, Epíscopi et Confessóris; qui, cum esset ob eruditiónis prærogatívam præcípuus, ob virtútem tamen ánimi et vitæ sinceritátem longe magnificéntior éxstitit.
In Pontus, blessed Meletius, bishop and confessor, who joined to an eminent gift of knowledge the more distinguished glory of fortitude and integrity of life.

Bonóniæ sancti Felícis Epíscopi et Confessóris; qui, ántea Mediolanénsis Ecclésiæ, sub sancto Ambrósio, Diáconus fúerat.
At Bologna, St. Felix, bishop, was one time deacon of the Milanese Church under St. Ambrose.

In Anglia, sancti Osmúndi, Epíscopi et Confessóris.
In England, St. Osmund, bishop and confessor.

Colóniæ Agrippínæ sancti Annónis Epíscopi.
At Cologne, St. Anno, bishop.

In Mesopotámia sancti Marúthæ Epíscopi, qui Dei Ecclésias, ob persecutiónem Isdegérdis Regis collápsas, in Pérside reparávit, multísque miráculis clarus, apud hostes étiam méruit honorári.
In Mesopotamia, St. Maruthas, bishop, who restored the churches of God that had been ruined in Persia by the persecution of King Isdegerd.  Being renowned for many miracles, he merited to be honoured even by his enemies.

Parmæ sancti Bernárdi, Cardinális et ejúsdem civitátis Epíscopi, ex Ordine Vallis Umbrósæ.
At Parma, St. Bernard, cardinal and bishop of that city, of the Congregation of Vallombrosa of the Order of St. Benedict.

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 IV.
St. Peter Chrysologus, Archbishop of Ravenna, Confessor
St. Barbara, Virgin and Martyr
St. Anno, Archbishop of Cologne, Confessor
St. Osmund, Bishop and Confessor
St. Maruthas, Bishop and Confessor
St. Siran, or Sigirannus, Abbot in Berry, Confessor
St. Clement of Alexandria, Father of the Church

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