romanmartyrology

Duodécimo Kaléndas Januárii. Luna. The Twenty-First Day of December. The Night of the Moon. 

Calamínæ natális beáti Thomæ Apóstoli, qui Parthis, Medis, Persis et Hyrcánis Evangélium prædicávit; ac demum in Indiam pervénit, ibíque, cum eos pópulos in Christiána religióne instituísset, Regis jussu lánceis transfíxus occúbuit.  Ipsíus relíquiæ primo ad urbem Edéssam, in Mesopotámia, deínde Ortónam, apud Frentános, translátæ sunt.
At Mylapore, the birthday of the blessed Apostle Thomas, who preached the Gospel to the Parthians, Medes, Persians, and Hyrcanians.  Having finally penetrated into India, and instructed those nations in the Christian religion, he died pierced with lances at the order of the king.  His remains were first taken to the city of Edessa in Mesopotamia, and then to Ortona.

Fribúrgi Helvetiórum item natális sancti Petri Canísii, Sacerdótis e Societáte Jesu et Confessóris, doctrína et sanctitáte præclári; qui, difficíllimis Germániæ tempóribus, fidem cathólicam strénue deféndit ac propagávit.  Eum vero Pius Undécimus, Póntifex Máximus, Sanctórum catálogo adscrípsit, simúlque Doctórem universális Ecclésiæ declarávit, et ipsíus festum quinto Kaléndas Maji agéndum esse decrévit.
At Fribourg in Switzerland, the birthday also of St. Peter Canisius, priest of the Society of Jesus, a confessor famed for his sanctity and learning.  He defended and spread the Catholic faith with the utmost zeal in Germany during its most difficult times.  Pope Pius XI added him to the list of the saints, and at the same time declared him to be a doctor of the universal Church, appointing his feast to be observed on the 27th of April.

Antiochíæ sancti Anastásii, Epíscopi et Mártyris; qui, Phocæ Imperatóris témpore, a Judæis, in seditióne ab ipsis contra Christiános facta, sævíssime necátus est.
At Antioch, St. Anastasius, bishop and martyr.  During the reign of Emperor Phocas he was cruelly murdered by Jews in a riot which they had instigated against the Christians.

Nicomedíæ sancti Glycérii Presbyteri, qui, in persecutióne Diocletiáni, multis torméntis vexátus, demum, in ignem conjéctus, martyrium consummávit.
At Nicomedia, St. Glycerius, priest.  During the persecution of Diocletian he was subjected to many torments, and finally fulfilled his martyrdom by being cast into the flames.
In Túscia sanctórum Mártyrum Joánnis et Festi.
In Tuscany, the holy martyrs John and Festus.

In Lycia sancti Themístoclis Mártyris, qui, sub Décio Imperatóre, pro sancto Dióscoro, qui quærebátur ad necem, se óbtulit, et, equúleo tortus, raptátus ac fústibus cæsus, martyrii corónam adéptus est.
In Lycia, St. Themistocles, martyr.  In the reign of Emperor Decius, he offered himself to take the place of Dioscorus, whom they were seeking to slay.  He was tortured on the rack, dragged over rough ways and scourged, and thus obtained the crown of martyrdom.

Tréviris sancti Severíni, Epíscopi et Confessóris.
At Treves, St. Severinus, bishop and confessor.

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 XXI.
St. Thomas, Apostle
St. Edburge, Virgin

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