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Décimo Kaléndas Januárii.  Luna. The Twenty-Third Day of December. The Night of the Moon.

Romæ sanctæ Victóriæ, Vírginis et Mártyris, quæ, in persecutióne Décii Imperatóris, cum esset desponsáta Eugénio pagáno et nec núbere vellet neque sacrificáre, ídeo, post multa facta mirácula, quibus plúrimas Deo Vírgines aggregáverat, a carnífice percússa est gládio in corde, rogátu sui sponsi. At Rome, St. Victoria, virgin and martyr, during the persecution of Emperor Decius. She had been promised in marriage to a pagan named Eugene, but because she had refused to marry him and to offer sacrifice to idols, and because by working many miracles she had brought many virgins to the service of God, the executioner thrust a sword into her heart at the request of her spouse.
Nicomedíæ pássio sanctórum Migdónii et Mardónii, quorum alter, in Diocletiáni persecutióne, igne cremátus, alter in fossam projéctus occúbuit. Tunc étiam Diáconus sancti Anthimi, Epíscopi Nicomediénsis, passus est; qui, cum lítteras perférret ad Mártyres, a Gentílibus tentus est, atque, lapídibus óbrutus, migrávit ad Dóminum. At Nicomedia, the passion of Saints Migdonius and Mardonius, one of whom was burned alive in the same persecution of Diocletian, and the other died in a pit where he had been thrown. A deacon of St. Anthimus, bishop of Nicomedia, suffered at the same time. He had been arrested by the heathen when he was carrying letters to the martyrs, and being overwhelmed with stones, went to our Lord.
Ibídem natális sanctórum vigínti Mártyrum, quos ípsamet Diocletiána persecútio, gravíssimis torméntis cruciátos, Mártyres Christi fecit. Likewise, the birthday of twenty holy martyrs, whom the persecution of Diocletian made martyrs for the faith of Christ, after subjecting them to the most painful torments.
In Creta sanctórum Mártyrum Theodúli, Saturníni, Eupori, Gelásii, Euniciáni, Zétici, Leóminis, Agathópodis, Basílidis et Evarísti; qui, in Décii persecutióne, crudélia passi sunt et cápite cæsi. In Crete, the holy martyrs Theodulus, Saturninus, Euporus, Gelasius, Eunicianus, Zeticus, Leomines, Agathopodes, Basilides, and Everistus, who were beheaded after suffering cruel torments in the persecution of Decius.
Romæ beáti Sérvuli, qui (ut sanctus Gregórius Papa scribit), a primæva sui ætáte usque ad finem vitæ, paralyticus jácuit in pórticu prope Ecclésiam sancti Cleméntis, et demum, Angelórum cántibus invitátus, ad paradísi glóriam transívit; ad cujus túmulum Deus mirácula crebérrime osténdit. At Rome, blessed Servulus of whom St. Gregory writes that from his early years to the end of his life he was a paralytic and had remained lying in a porch near St. Clement’s Church, and being invited by the chant of angels, he went to enjoy the glory of Paradise.  At his tomb frequent miracles are wrought by God.

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:
St. Servulus, Confessor
Ten Martyrs of Crete
St. Victoria, Virgin and Martyr

ORCCE Ordo: Feria II infra Hebdomadam IV Adventus ~ Feria major

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