romanmartyrology

Prídie Kaléndas Januárii. Luna. The Thirty-First Day of December. The Night of the Moon. 

Romæ natális sancti Silvéstri Primi, Papæ et Confessóris; qui Magnum Constantínum Imperatórem baptizávit, et Nicænam confirmávit Synodum, ac, multis áliis rebus sanctíssime gestis, quiévit in pace.
At Rome, the birthday of Pope St. Sylvester I, confessor, who baptized  Emperor Constantine the Great, and confirmed the council of Nicaea.  After performing many other holy deeds, he rested in peace.

Item Romæ, via Salária, in cœmetério Priscíllæ, sanctárum Mártyrum Donátæ, Paulínæ, Rústicæ, Nominándæ, Serótinæ, Hiláriæ et Sociárum.
At Rome, on the Salarian Way, in the cemetery of Priscilla, the holy martyrs Donata, Paulina, Rustica, Nominanda, Serotina, Hilaria, and their companions.

Apud Sénonas beatórum Sabiniáni Epíscopi, et Potentiáni; qui, a Pontífice Románo illuc ad prædicándum dirécti, confessiónis suæ martyrio eándem metrópolim illustrárunt.
At Sens, the blessed Sabinian, bishop, and Potentian.  They had been sent there to preach by the Roman Pontiff, and that metropolitan church was illustrated by their confession and martyrdom.

Cátanæ, in Sicília, pássio sanctórum Stéphani, Pontiáni, Attali, Fabiáni, Cornélii, Sexti, Floris, Quinctiáni, Minervíni et Simpliciáni.
At Catania in Sicily, the passion of the Saints Stephen, Pontian, Attalus, Fabian, Cornelius, Sextus, Flos, Quinctian, Minervinus, and Simplician.

Apud Sénonas sanctæ Colúmbæ, Vírginis et Mártyris; quæ, igne superáto, in persecutióne Aureliáni Imperatóris, gládio cæsa est.
At Sens, St. Columba, virgin and martyr, who, after having triumphed over fire, was beheaded during the persecution of Emperor Aurelian.

Eódem die sancti Zótici, Presbyteri Románi; qui, Constantinópolim proféctus, illic alendórum orphanórum curam suscépit.
On the same day, St. Zoticus, a Roman priest who went to Constantinople and undertook the work of caring for orphans.

Ravénnæ sancti Barbatiáni Presbyteri et Confessóris.
At Ravenna, St. Barbatian, priest and confessor.

In pago Lalovésci, diœcésis Viennénsis, in Delphinátu, deposítio sancti Joánnis-Francísci Regis, Sacerdótis e Societáte Jesu et Confessóris, exímiæ in salúte animárum procuránda.
At La Louvesc, in the diocese of Vienne in Dauphine, the death of St. John Francis Regis, priest of the Society of Jesus and confessor.  He was a man of great love and patience in securing the salvation of souls.

Rhætáriæ sancti Hermétis Exorcístæ.
At Retiers, St. Hermes, exorcist.

Lutétiæ Parisiórum sanctæ Catharínæ Labouré, Vírginis, e Societáte Puellárum Caritátis, quæ a Deípara Immaculáta singulári manifestatióne Sacri Numísmatis donáta, virtútibus et miráculis insígnis éxstitit, et a Pio Papa Duodécimo in sanctárum Vírginum númerum reláta est.
At Paris, St. Catherine Labouré, Virgin, of the Order of the Daughters of Charity, who, having been presented with the Miraculous Medal in a special apparition of the Immaculate Mother of God, was remarkable for her virtue and her miracles.  Pope Pius XII added her to the number of holy Virgins.

Eódem die sanctæ Melániæ junióris, quæ, cum viro suo Piniáno, ex urbe Roma discéssit, et Hierosólymam profécta est; ibíque ipsa inter féminas Deo sacras et vir inter Mónachos religiósam vitam exércuit, et ambo sancto fine quievérunt.
Also, St. Melania the Younger, who withdrew from Rome with her husband Pinian, and went to Jerusalem, where both embraced the religious life, she among the women consecrated to God, and he among the monks, and ended their career in peace.

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 XXXI.
St. Sylvester, Pope and Confessor
St. Columba, Virgin and Martyr
St. Melania the Younger

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