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Tértio Nonas Decémbris. Luna . The Third Day of December. The Night of the Moon. 

Sancti Francísci Xavérii, Sacerdótis e Societáte Jesu et Confessóris, Indiárum Apóstoli, sodalitátis et óperis Propagándæ Fídei atque Missiónum ómnium Patróni cæléstis; qui prídie hujus diéi quiévit in pace.
St. Francis Xavier, priest of the Society of Jesus, confessor, Apostle of the Indies, and heavenly patron of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, and also of all the Missions, who died on the day previous.

In Judæa sancti Sophóniæ Prophétæ.
In Judea, the holy prophet Zephaniah.

Romæ sanctórum Mártyrum Cláudii Tribúni, et uxóris Hiláriæ, ac filiórum Jásonis et Mauri, cum septuagínta milítibus.  Ex eis Cláudium jussit Numeriánus Imperátor, ingénti saxo alligátum, in flumen præcípitem dari; mílites vero et ipsíus Cláudii fílios capitáli senténtia puníri.  Beáta autem Hilária, cum filiórum córpora sepelísset, paulo post, orans ad eórum sepúlcrum, tenta est a Pagánis, et, in cárcerem trusa, migrávit ad Dóminum.
At Rome, the holy martyrs Claudius, a tribune, and Hilaria, his wife, with Jason and Maur, their sons, and seventy soldiers.  By the command of Emperor Numerian, Claudius was fastened to a large stone and thrown into the river, the soldiers and the sons of Claudius were condemned to capital punishment.  But blessed Hilaria, after having buried the bodies of her sons, and while praying at their tomb, was arrested by the pagans, and shortly after departed for heaven.

Tingi, in Mauritánia, pássio sancti Cassiáni Mártyris, qui, cum exceptóris diu gessísset offícium, tandem, admirátus intrépida beáti Marcélli Centuriónis respónsa et immóbilem in Christi fide constántiam, atque cælitus inspirátus, exsecrábile duxit Christianórum neci deservíri; ideóque, cum renuntiásset eídem offício, et ipse, sub Christiána professióne, cápite abscíssus, triúmphum méruit obtinére martyrii.
At Tangier in Morocco, St. Cassian, martyr.  After having been a recorder for a long time, at length, by an inspiration from heaven, he deemed it a hateful thing to contribute to the massacre of the Christians, and therefore abandoned his office, and making a profession of Christianity, he deserved to obtain the triumph of martyrdom.
Item, in Africa sanctórum Mártyrum Cláudii, Crispíni, Magínæ, Joánnis et Stéphani.
Also in Africa, the holy martyrs Claudius, Crispin, Magina, John, and Stephen.

In Pannónia sancti Agrícolæ Mártyris.
In Hungary, St. Agricola, martyr.

Nicomedíæ pássio sanctórum Ambici, Victóris et Júlii.
At Nicomedia, the martyrdom of the Saints Ambicus, Victor, and Julius.

Medioláni sancti Miroclétis, Epíscopi et Confessóris; cujus aliquándo sanctus Ambrósius méminit.
At Milan, St. Mirocles, bishop and confessor, sometimes mentioned by St. Ambrose.

Dorcéstriæ, in Anglia, sancti Biríni, qui fuit primus ejúsdem civitátis Epíscopus.
At Dorchester in England, St. Birinus, who was the first bishop of that city.

Cúriæ, in Germánia, sancti Lúcii, Britannórum Regis, qui primus ex iis Régibus fidem Christi suscépit, témpore sancti Eleuthérii Papæ.
At Chur in Germany, St. Lucius, king of the Britons, who in the time of Pope Eleutherius, was the first of their kings to receive the faith of Christ.

Senis, in Túscia, sancti Galgáni Eremítæ.
At Siena in Tuscany, St. Galganus, hermit.

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 III.
St. Francis Xavier, Apostle of the Indies, Confessor
St. Birinus, First Bishop of Dorcester, Confessor
St. Sola, Hermit
St. Lucius, King and Confessor

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