Décimo Kaléndas Decémbris. Luna.


The Twenty-Second Day of November.

St. Cecilia, virgin and martyr, who on the 16th of September, purpled with her own blood, departed to her heavenly Spouse. At Colossae in Phrygia, during the reign of Nero, Saints Philemon and Apphias, disciples of St. Paul.  When the heathen rushed into the church on the feast of Diana, they were arrested and the rest of the Christians fled.  By command of the governor Artocles they were scourged, enclosed up to their waists in a pit, then overwhelmed with stones. At Rome, St. Maurus, martyr.  He came from Africa to visit the tombs of the apostles, and suffered martyrdom there under Celerinus, prefect of the city in the reign of Emperor Numerian. At Antioch in Pisidia, the martyrdom of the Saints Mark and Stephen, under Emperor Diocletian. At Autun, St. Pragmatius, bishop and confessor.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.

Butler’s Lives of the Saints:
St. Cecily, Virgin and Martyr
St. Theodorus the Studite, Abbot
SS. Philemon and Appia

ORCCE Ordo: S. Caeciliae Virginis et Martyris ~ Semiduplex; Tempora: Feria VI infra Hebdomadam VI quae superfuit post Epiphaniam IV. Novembris: et in Anglia; Commemoratio infra octavam: S. Edmundi, Regis et Confessoris

Décimo Kaléndas Decémbris.  Luna.

Sanctæ Cæcíliæ, Vírginis et Mártyris, quæ ad cæléstem Sponsum, próprio sánguine purpuráta, transívit sextodécimo Kaléndas Octóbris. Colóssis, in Phrygia, sanctórum Philémonis et Apphíæ, sancti Pauli discipulórum ; qui, sub Neróne Imperatóre, cum Gentíles, in die festo Diánæ, invasíssent Ecclésiam, ambo céteris fugiéntibus, tenti, jussu Artoclis Præsidis verbéribus cæsi sunt, et, usque ad renes in fóveam inclúsi, lapídibus opprimúntur. Romæ sancti Mauri Mártyris, qui, cum ex Africa venísset ad sepúlcra Apostolórum, sub Imperatóre Numeriáno et Urbis Præfécto Celeríno agonizávit. Antiochíæ Pisídiæ pássio sanctórum Marci et Stéphani, sub Diocletiáno Imperatóre. Augustodúni sancti Pragmátii, Epíscopi et Confessóris.

Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
R. Deo grátias.

Nota Bene:  An outspoken Catholic nun living in Syria has denied suggestions that she believes the toppling of President Bashar al-Assad would bring an end to Christianity in Syria. Instead, Mother Agnes-Mariam says that could be the consequence if religious extremists were to seize on a power vacuum left by his deposition… Read more

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