Duodécimo Kaléndas Februárii. Luna. The Twenty-First Day of January. The Night of the Moon.
Romæ pássio sanctæ Agnétis, Vírginis et Mártyris; quæ, sub Præfécto Urbis Symphrónio, ígnibus injécta, sed iis per oratiónem ejus exstínctis, gládio percússa est. De ea beátus Hierónymus hæc scribit: « Omnium géntium lítteris atque linguis, præcípue in Ecclésiis, Agnétis vita laudáta est; quæ et ætátem vicit et tyránnum, et títulum castitátis martyrio consecrávit ». At Rome, the passion of St. Agnes, virgin, who under Symphronius, governor of the city, was thrown into the fire, but after it was extinguished by her prayers, she was slain with the sword. Of her, St. Jerome writes: “Agnes is praised in the writings and by the tongues of all nations, especially in the churches. She overcame the weakness of her age, conquered the cruelty of the tyrant, and consecrated her chastity by martyrdom.” Athénis natális sancti Públii Epíscopi, qui Atheniénsium Ecclésiam, post sanctum Dionysium Areopagítam, nobíliter rexit; et, præclárus virtútibus ac doctrínæ laude præfúlgens, ob Christi martyrium glorióse coronátur. At Athens, the birthday of St. Publius, bishop, who, as successor of St. Denis the Areopagite, nobly governed the Church of Athens. No less celebrated for the lustre of his virtues than for the brilliancy of his learning, he was gloriously crowned for having borne testimony to Christ. Tarracóne, in Hispánia, sanctórum Mártyrum Fructuósi Epíscopi, Augúrii et Eulógii Diaconórum. Hi, témpore Galliéni, primo in cárcerem trusi, deínde flammis injécti, et, exústis vínculis, mánibus in modum crucis expánsis orántes, martyrium complevérunt; in quorum die natáli sanctus Augustínus sermónem ad pópulum hábuit. At Terragona in Spain, during the reign of Gallienus, the holy martyrs Fructuosus, a bishop, Augurius and Eulogius, deacons. They were taken from prison, cast into the fire, where, their bonds being burnt, they extended their arms in the form of a cross, and thus in prayer they died. On their anniversary, St. Augustine preached a sermon to his people. In monastério Einsidlénsi, apud Helvétios, sancti Meinrádi, Presbyteri et Mónachi; qui eódem in loco, ubi póstea monastérium ipsum excrévit, eremíticæ inténtus vitæ, a latrónibus interféctus est. Ipsíus vero beáti viri corpus, olim in Augiénsi Germániæ monastério sepúltum, ad Einsidlénse monastérium deínde relátum fuit. In the monastery of Einsiedeln in Switzerland, St. Meinrad, priest and monk, who was slain by robbers after having lived as a hermit in this place where the monastery was later built. The body of this holy man was first buried in the monastery of Reichenau in Germany, and from there it was transferred to the monastery of Einsiedeln. Trecis, in Gállia, sancti Pátrocli Mártyris, qui martyrii corónam sub Aureliáno Imperatóre proméruit. At Troyes in France, St. Patroclus, martyr, who won the crown of martyrdom under Emperor Aurelian. Papíæ sancti Epiphánii, Epíscopi et Confessóris. At Pavia, St. Epiphanius, bishop and confessor.
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. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr
St. Fructuosus, Bishop of Tarragon, and his Companions, Martyrs
St. Vimin, or Vivian, Bishop and Confessor, in Scotland
St. Publius, Bishop and Martyr
St. Epiphanius, Bishop of Pavia
ORCCE Ordo: S. Agnetis Virginis et Martyris ~ Duplex; Tempora: Feria III infra Hebdomadam II post Epiphaniam