romanmartyrology

Quarto Kaléndas Januárii. Luna. The Twenty-Ninth Day of December. The Night of the Moon. 

Cantuáriæ, in Anglia, natális sancti Thomæ, Epíscopi et Mártyris, qui, ob defensiónem justítiæ et ecclesiásticæ immunitátis, in Basílica sua, ab impiórum hóminum factióne percússus gládio, Martyr migrávit ad Christum.
At Canterbury in England, the birthday of St. Thomas, bishop and martyr, who, for the defence of justice and ecclesiastical immunity, was struck with the sword in his own basilica by a faction of wicked men, and thus went to Christ as martyr.

Hierosólymis sancti David, Regis et Prophétæ.
At Jerusalem, holy David, king and prophet.

Areláte, in Gállia, natális sancti Tróphimi, cujus méminit sanctus Paulus ad Timótheum scribens.  Ipse autem Tróphimus, ab eódem Apóstolo Epíscopus ordinátus, præfátæ urbi primus ad Christi Evangélium prædicándum diréctus est; ex cujus prædicatiónis fonte (ut sanctus Zósimus Papa scribit) tota Gállia rívulos fídei recépit.
At Arles in France, the birthday of St. Trophimus, mentioned by St. Paul in his Epistle to Timothy.  Being ordained bishop by that apostle, he was the first sent to preach the gospel of Christ in that city.  From his preaching, as from a fountain, according to the expression of Pope St. Zosimus, all France received the waters of salvation.

Romæ sanctórum Mártyrum Callísti, Felícis et Bonifátii.
At Rome, the holy martyrs Callistus, Felix, and Boniface.
In Africa pássio sanctórum Mártyrum Domínici, Victóris, Primiáni, Lybósi, Saturníni, Crescéntii, Secúndi et Honoráti.
In Africa, the passion of the holy martyrs Dominic, Victor, Primian, Lybosus, Saturninus, Crescentius, Secundus, and Honoratus.

Constantinópoli sancti Marcélli Abbátis.
At Constantinople, St. Marcellus, abbot.

In pago Oxyménsi, in Gállia, sancti Ebrúlphi, Abbátis et Confessóris, témpore Childebérti Regis.
In the country of Hiesmes in France, St. Ebrulf, abbot and confessor, in the time of King Childebert.

Viénnæ, in Gállia, Commemorátio sancti Crescéntis, Epíscopi et Mártyris, qui fuit discípulus beáti Pauli Apóstoli ac primus ejúsdem civitátis Epíscopus, et cujus dies natális quinto Kaléndas Júlii celebrátur.
At Vienne in France, the commemoration of St. Crescens, bishop and martyr.  He was a disciple of St. Paul the Apostle and was the first bishop of that city.  His birthday is mentioned on the 27th of June.

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 XXIX.
St. Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr
St. Marcellus, Abbot of the Acœmetes, Confessor
St. Evroul, Abbot and Confessor

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