Quartodécimo Kaléndas Decémbris. Luna


Quartodécimo Kaléndas Decémbris. Luna . The Eighteenth Day of November. The Night of the Moon. 

Romæ Dedicátio Basilicárum sanctórum Petri et Pauli Apostolórum.  Eárum primam, restitútam in ampliórem formam, Summus Póntifex Urbánus Octávus consecrávit hac ipsa recurrénte die; álteram vero, miserándo incéndio pénitus consúmptam, ac magnificéntius reædificátam, Pius Nonus die décima Decémbris solémni ritu consecrávit, ejúsque ánnuam commemoratiónem hodiérna die agéndam indíxit.
At Rome, the dedication of the basilicas of the holy apostles Peter and Paul.  The former, having been enlarged, was on this day solemnly consecrated by Urban VIII; while the latter, more beautifully rebuilt after its total destruction by fire, was solemnly dedicated on the 10th of December by Pius IX, though the feast in commemoration of that event was transferred to this day.

Antiochíæ natális sancti Románi Mártyris, qui, témpore Galérii Imperatóris, cum Asclepíades Præféctus in Ecclésiam irrúmperet eámque fúnditus conarétur evértere, céteros Christiános hortátus est ut ei contradícerent, ideóque, post dira torménta et abscissiónem linguæ (sine qua tamen Dei præcónia loquebátur), in cárcere strangulátus láqueo, célebri martyrio coronátur.  Passus est étiam ante ipsum puérulus, nómine Bárula, qui, cum fuísset ab eódem interrogátus Præfécto utrum mélius esset unum Deum cólere an plures deos, atque in unum Deum, quem Christiáni colunt, credéndum esse respondísset, proptérea, verbéribus cæsus, jussus est decollári.
At Antioch, the birthday of St. Romanus, martyr, in the time of Emperor Galerius.  When the prefect Asclepiades attacked the Church and attempted to destroy it, Romanus exhorted the Christians to resist him.  After being subjected to severe torments and the cutting out of his tongue (without which, however, he spake the praises of God), he was strangled in prison and crowned with glorious martyrdom.  Before him suffered a young boy named Barulas, who being asked by him whether it was better to worship one God or several gods, and having answered that we must believe in the one God whom the Christians adore, was scourged and beheaded.

Item Antiochíæ sancti Hesychii Mártyris, qui, cum esset miles, et præcéptum audísset ut quisquis non sacrificáret idólis, cíngulum milítiæ depóneret, repénte cíngulum solvit; ob quam causam, ingénti saxo in déxtera ejus ligáto, in flúvium præcipitári jussus est.
Also at Antioch, the holy martyr Hesychius, a soldier.  Hearing the order that anyone refusing to sacrifice to idols should lay aside his military belt, he immediately took off his.  For this reason he was cast into the river with a large stone tied to his right hand.
Eódem die sanctórum Orículi et Sociórum, qui, in persecutióne Wandálica, pro fide cathólica passi sunt.
On the same day, St. Oriculus and his companions, who suffered for the Catholic faith in the Vandal persecution.

Mogúntiæ sancti Máximi Epíscopi, qui, témpore Constántii multa passus ab Ariánis, Conféssor occúbuit.
At Mainz, St. Maximus, bishop, who suffered greatly at the hands of the Arians, and died a confessor in the time of Constantius.

Turónis, in Gállia, tránsitus beáti Odónis, Abbátis Cluniacénsis.
At Tours in France, the passing of blessed Odo, abbot of Cluny.

Antiochíæ sancti Thomæ Mónachi, quem Antiochéni, ob sedátam ejus précibus pestem, solemnitáte ánnua coluérunt.
At Antioch, St. Thomas, a monk honoured with an annual solemnity by the people of Antioch, for bringing the end of a plague by his prayers.

Lucæ, in Túscia, Translátio sancti Frigdiáni, Epíscopi et Confessóris.
At Lucca in Tuscany, the translation of St. Frigidian, bishop and confessor.

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.

November XVIII.
The Dedication of the Churches of SS. Peter and Paul, at Rome
SS. Alphæus and Zachæus; Also Romanus and Barulas, Martyrs
St. Odo, Abbot of Cluni, Confessor
St. Hilda, or Hild, Abbess


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