Quintodécimo Kaléndas Júnii. Luna. The Eighteenth Day of May. The Night of the Moon.
|Cameríni sancti Venántii Mártyris, qui, annos quíndecim natus, sub Décio Imperatóre et Antíocho Præside, una cum áliis decem, gloriósi certáminis cursum, cervícibus abscíssis implévit.||At Camerino, the holy martyr Venantius, who, at fifteen years of age, along with ten others, ended a glorious ordeal by being beheaded under Emperor Decius and the governor Antiochus.|
|Romæ Litaníæ minóres ad sanctam Maríam Majórem.||At Rome, the Lesser Litanies in the church of St. Mary Major.|
|Ravénnæ, natális sancti Joánnis Primi, Papæ et Mártyris; qui, ab Ariáno Itáliæ Rege Theodoríco illuc dolo evocátus, ibídem, ab eo propter orthodóxam fidem diu macerátus in cárcere, vitam finívit. Ipsíus autem festum recólitur sexto Kaléndas Júnii, quo die sacrum ejus corpus, Romam relátum, in Basílica sancti Petri, Apostolórum Príncipis, sepúltum est.||The birthday of St. John I, pope and martyr, who was called to Ravenna by the Arian king of Italy, Theodoric, and died there after being in prison a long time for the true faith. His feast, however, is celebrated on the 27th of May, the day on which his revered body was taken to Rome and buried in the basilica of St. Peter, prince of the apostles.|
|Spoléti sancti Felícis Epíscopi, qui, sub Maximiáno Imperatóre, martyrii palmam adéptus est.||At Spoleto, St. Felix, a bishop who obtained the palm of martyrdom under Emperor Maximian.|
|Heracléæ, in Ægypto, sancti Potamónis Epíscopi, qui primum, sub Maximiáno Galério, Confessor fuit; deínde, sub Constántio Imperatóre et Ariáno Prǽside Philágrio, martyrio coronátus est. Ipsum vero beátum virum sancti Ecclésiæ Patres Athanásius et Epiphánius suis láudibus celebrárunt.||At Heraclea in Egypt, Bishop St. Potamon, first a confessor under Maximian Galerius, and afterwards, a martyr under Emperor Constantius, and the Arian governor Philagrius. Athanasius and Epiphanius, Fathers of the Church, have sung the praises of this holy man.|
|In Ægypto sancti Dióscori Lectóris, in quem Præses multa et vária torménta ita exércuit, ut ungues ejus effóderet et lampádibus látera inflammáret, sed, cæléstis lúminis fulgóre pertérriti, cecidérunt minístri; novíssime autem ipse Dióscorus, láminis ardéntibus adústus, martyrium consummávit.||In Egypt, St. Dioscorus, a lector, who was subjected by the governor to many and diverse torments, such as the tearing off of his nails and the burning of his sides with torches; but a light from heaven having prostrated the executioners, the saint’s martyrdom was finally ended by having red-hot metal plates applied to his body.|
|Ancyræ, in Galátia, sancti Theódoti Mártyris, et sanctárum septem Vírginum et Mártyrum, scílicet Thecúsæ, quæ ipsíus Theódoti erat ámita, Alexándræ, Cláudiæ, Phaínæ, Euphrásiæ, Matrónæ et Julíttæ. Hæ a Prǽside primum prostitútæ, sed Dei virtúte servátæ, deínde, lapídibus ad colla ligátis, in palúdem mersæ sunt; quarum relíquias colléctas cum Theódotus honorífice sepelísset, ídeo, comprehénsus a Prǽside, sævíssime dilaniátus est, ac demum, ense percússus, martyrii corónam accépit.||At Ancyra in Galatia, the martyr St. Theodotus, and the holy virgins Thecusa, his aunt, Alexandra, Claudia, Faina, Euphrasia, Matrona, and Julitta. They were at first taken to a place of debauchery, but the power of God prevented them from evil, and they later had stones fastened to their necks and were plunged into a lake. For gathering the remains and burying them honorably, Theodotus was arrested by the governor, and after having been horribly lacerated, was put to the sword, and thus received the crown of martyrdom.|
|Upsali, in Suécia, sancti Eríci, Regis et Mártyris.||At Upsal in Sweden, St. Erik, king and martyr.|
|Romæ sancti Felícis Confessóris, ex Ordine Minórum Capuccinórum, evangélica simplicitáte et caritáte conspícui; quem Clemens Undécimus, Póntifex Máximus, Sanctórum fastis adscrípsit.||At Rome, St. Felix, confessor of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, celebrated for his evangelical simplicity and charity. He was inscribed on the roll of the saints by the Sovereign Pontiff Clement XI.|
|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.
|St. Eric, King of Sweden, Martyr|
|St. Theodotus, Vintner, and Seven Virgins, Martyrs|
|St. Venantius, Martyr|
|St. Potamon, Bishop and Martyr|
AMERICAN CHRISTIAN LEADERS “PLEDGE” TO STAND WITH IMPERILED CHRISTIAN & OTHER RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN EGYPT, SYRIA AND IRAQ
Today—take some time to Pray for Christians who are Persecuted. They are desperate for your prayers.