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Nono Kaléndas Januárii.  Luna. The Twenty-Fourth Day of December. The Night of the Moon.

Vigília Nativitátis Dómini nostri Jesu Christi. The Vigil of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Cracóviæ, in Polónia, natális sancti Joánnis Cántii, Presbyteri et Confessóris, quem, doctrína, propagándæ fídei zelo, virtútibus ac miráculis clarum, Clemens Décimus tértius, Póntifex Máximus, Sanctórum número adscrípsit.  Ejus autem festívitas tertiodécimo Kaléndas Novémbris celebrátur. At Cracow in Poland, the birthday of St. John Cantius, priest and confessor, celebrated for his learning, for his zeal in propagating the faith, and for his virtues and miracles, for which Pope Clement XIII added him to the number of the saints.  His feast is observed on the 20th of October.

Apud Spolétum sancti Gregórii, Presbyteri et Mártyris; qui, tempóribus Diocletiáni et Maximiáni Imperatórum, primo nodósis fústibus cæsus, ac deínde, post cratículam et cárcerem, cárduis férreis in génibus percússus, sed et ardéntibus lampádibus per látera incénsus, tandem est decollátus. At Spoleto, St. Gregory, priest and martyr. In the time of Emperors Diocletian and Maximian, he was first beaten with rough clubs, exposed on the gridiron and imprisoned, struck on the knees with iron carding instruments, burned on the sides with firebrands, and finally beheaded.
Trípoli, in Phœnícia, sanctórum Mártyrum Luciáni, Metróbii, Pauli, Zenóbii, Theotími et Drusi. At Tripoli in Phoenicia, the holy martyrs Leucian, Metrobius, Paul, Zenobius, Theotimus, and Drusus.
Nicomedíæ sancti Euthymii Mártyris, qui, in persecutióne Diocletiáni, cum multos ad martyrium præmisísset, et ipse, ense tranfíxus, eos secútus est ad corónam. At Nicomedia, during the persecution of Diocletian, St. Euthymius, martyr, who sent many before him to martyrdom, and being pierced with a sword, followed them to share their crown.
Antiochíæ natális sanctárum Vírginum quadragínta, quæ, in Deciána persecutióne, per divérsa torménta martyrium consummárunt. At Antioch, the birthday of forty holy virgins who suffered martyrdom by divers torments in the Decian persecution.
Burdígalæ sancti Delphíni Epíscopi, qui, Theodósii témpore, cláruit sanctitáte. At Bordeaux, St. Delphinus, bishop, who was renowned for holiness in the time of Theodosius.
Romæ natális sanctæ Tharsíllæ Vírginis, ámitæ sancti Gregórii Papæ, de qua ipse testátur quod in hora éxitus sui Jesum ad se veniéntem víderit. At Rome, the birthday of the holy virgin Tharsilla, aunt of Pope St. Gregory, who writes of her that at the hour of her death she saw Jesus coming to her.
Tréviris sanctæ Irmínæ Vírginis, fíliæ Dagobérti Regis. At Treves, St. Irmina, virgin, daughter of King Dagobert.

Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

R. Deo grátias. R. Thanks be to God.

Butler’s Lives of the Saints:
SS. Thrasilla and Emiliana, Virgins
St. Gregory of Spoleto, Priest and Martyr

ORCCE Ordo: In Vigilia Nativitatis Domini ~ Duplex I. classis

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