romanmartyrology

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.

December XII.
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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