Quarto Nonas Júnii. Luna.


Quarto Nonas Júnii. Luna . The Second Day of June.  The Night of the Moon.

Romæ natális sanctórum Mártyrum Marcellíni Presbyteri, et Petri Exorcístæ, qui, sub Diocletiáno, cum multos in cárcere ad fidem erudírent, ídeo post dira víncula et plúrima torménta, a Seréno Júdice decolláti sunt in loco qui dicebátur Silva Nigra; quæ deínde, in honórem Sanctórum, commutáto nómine Silva Cándida appelláta est.  Horum córpora in crypta, juxta sanctum Tibúrtium, sepúlta sunt; eorúmque sepúlcrum sanctus Dámasus Papa vérsibus póstea exornávit.

At Rome, the birthday of the holy martyr Marcellinus, priest, and Peter, exorcist, who instructed in the faith many persons kept in prison.  Under Diocletian, they were loaded with chains, and after enduring many torments, were beheaded by Judge Serenus, in a place which was then called the Black Forest, but which was in their honour afterwards known as the White Forest.  Their bodies were buried in a crypt near St. Tiburtius, and Pope St. Damasus composed an epitaph in verse for their tomb.

In Campánia sancti Erásmi, Epíscopi et Mártyris.  Hic, sub Diocletiáno Augústo, primum plumbátis cæsus, deínde fústibus gráviter mactátus, post resína, súlphure, plumbo, pice, cera oleóque perfúsus, illæsus appáruit; deínde Fórmiis, sub Maximiáno, divérsis atque immaníssimis supplíciis íterum tortus, sed ad confirmándum céteros a Deo servátus; tandem, vocánte Dómino, martyrio clarus, sancto fine quiévit.  Ipsíus autem corpus Cajétam póstea translátum est.

In Campania, during the reign of Decius, St. Erasmus, bishop and martyr, who was first scourged with leaded whips and then severely beaten with rods.  He also had resin, brimstone, lead, pitch, wax, and oil poured over him, without receiving any injury.  Afterwards, under Maximian, he was again subjected to various and most horrible tortures at Mola, but still was preserved from death by the power of God in order to confirm others in the faith.  Finally, celebrated for his sufferings, and called by God, he closed his life by a peaceful and holy death.  His body was afterwards transferred to Gaeta.

St. Blandina

Lugdúni, in Gállia, sanctórum Mártyrum Pothíni Epíscopi, Sancti Diáconi, Vétii, Epágathi, Matúri, Póntici, Bíblidis, Attali, Alexándri et Blandínæ, cum áliis multis; quorum fórtia et iteráta certámina, témpore Marci Aurélii Antoníni et Lúcii Veri, Ecclésiæ Lugdunénsis epístola, ad Ecclésias Asiæ et Phrygiæ scripta, recénset.  In his sancta Blandína, sexu infírmior, córpore imbecíllior, conditióne dejéctior, diuturnióra et acerbióra certámina súbiens, et fortis adhuc pérmanens, gládio juguláta, céteros secúta est, quos hortabátur ad palmam.

At Lyons, many holy martyrs (Photinus, a bishop, Sanctus, a deacon, Vetius, Epagathus, Maturus, Ponticus, Biblis, Attalus, Alexander, and Blandina, with many others), whose many valiant trials in the time of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus and Lucius Verus are recorded in a letter from the church at Lyons to the churches of Asia and Phrygia.  St. Blandina, one of these martyrs, was weaker by reason of her sex, more infirm in body, and of a lower station in life, and yet she encountered longer and more terrible trials than the rest.  But remaining unshaken, she was put to the sword, and followed those whom she had exhorted to win the palm of martyrdom.

In ínsula Proconnéso, in Propóntide, sancti Nicéphori, Epíscopi Constantinopolitáni, qui, paternárum traditiónum propugnátor acérrimus, pro cultu sanctárum Imáginum se Leóni Arméno, Imperatóri Iconoclástæ, constánter oppósuit; a quo mulctátus exsílio, ibídem, cum per quatuórdecim annos longum duxísset martyrium, migrávit ad Dóminum.

In the island of Marmara, in the Sea of Marmara, St. Nicephorus, bishop of Constantinople.  In defence of the traditions of the Fathers and of the veneration of sacred images, he set himself firmly against the Iconoclast emperor Leo the Armenian, by whom he was sent into exile.  There he underwent a long martyrdom of fourteen years and then departed for the kingdom of God.

Romæ sancti Eugénii Primi, Papæ et Confessóris.

At Rome, Pope St. Eugene I, Confessor.

Trani, in Apúlia, sancti Nicolái Peregríni Confessóris, cujus mirácula in Concílio Románo, cui beátus Urbánus Papa Secúndus præfuit, recitáta sunt.

At Trani in Apulia, St. Nicholas Peregrinus, confessor, whose miracles were recounted in the Roman Council under Pope Urban II.

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.
  Thanks be to God.


June II.
St. Pothinus, Bishop, Sanctus, Attalus, Blandina, &c., Martyrs of Lyons
SS. Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs
St. Erasmus, Bishop and Martyr

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