Quinto Idus Februárii. Luna. The Ninth Day of February. The Night of the Moon.
Sancti Cyrílli, Epíscopi Alexandríni, Confessóris et Ecclésiæ Doctóris; cujus dies natális quinto Kaléndas Februárii recensétur. St. Cyril, bishop of Alexandria, confessor and doctor of the Church. His birthday was mentioned on the 28th of January. Alexandríæ natális sanctæ Apollóniæ, Vírginis et Mártyris, cui persecutóres, sub Décio, dentes omnes primum excussérunt. Deínde, constrúcto ac succénso rogo, iídem commináti sunt, nisi cum eis ímpia verba proférret, vivam se eam incensúros; at illa, cum páululum intra semetípsam deliberásset, repénte se de mánibus impiórum prorípuit, et in ignem, quem paráverant, majóre Sancti Spíritus flamma intus æstuans, sponte ita prosilívit, ut perterreréntur étiam ipsi crudelitátis auctóres, quod prómptior invénta esset ad mortem fémina quam persecútor ad pœnam. At Alexandria, in the reign of Decius, the birthday of St. Apollonia, virgin, who had all her teeth broken out by the persecutors; then, having constructed and lighted a pyre, they threatened to burn her alive unless she uttered with them certain impious words. Deliberating a while within herself, she suddenly slipped from their grasp, and prompted by the greater fire of the Holy Ghost within her, she rushed voluntarily into the fire which they had prepared. Those responsible for her death were struck with terror at the sight of a woman who was more willing to die than they to kill her. Romæ pássio sanctórum Mártyrum Alexándri et aliórum trigínta octo coronatórum. At Rome, the passion of the holy martyrs Alexander and thirty-eight others crowned with him. In castéllo Lemelénsi, in Africa, sanctórum Mártyrum Primi et Donáti Diaconórum, qui, cum altáre in Ecclésia tutaréntur, a Donatístis occísi sunt. In the village of Lamelum in Africa, the holy martyrs Primus and Donatus, deacons, who were killed by the Donatists as they guarded the altar in the church. Solis, in Cypro, sanctórum Mártyrum Ammónii et Alexándri. At Solum in Cyprus, the holy martyrs Ammonius and Alexander. Antiochíæ sancti Nicéphori Mártyris, qui sub Valeriáno Imperatóre, cápite cæsus, martyrii corónam accépit. At Antioch, under Emperor Valerian, St. Nicephorus, martyr, who was beheaded and thus received the crown of martyrdom. In monastério Fontanéllæ, in Gállia, sancti Ansbérti, Rotomagénsis Epíscopi. In the monastery of Fontanelle in France, St. Ansbert, bishop of Rouen. Canúsii, in Apúlia, sancti Sabíni, Epíscopi et Confessóris; qui (ut beátus Gregórius Papa refert), prophetíæ spíritu ac miraculórum dono præditus, sibi jam cæco exhíbitum a fámulo, præmiis corrúpto, venéni póculum divino agnóvit instínctu, sed, prænuntiáta mox a Deo suménda de corruptóre vindícta signóque Crucis facto, venénum secúrus ebíbit ac nullum ex eo nocuméntum accépit. At Canossa in Apulia, St. Sabinus, bishop and confessor. Blessed Pope Gregory tells that he was endowed with the spirit of prophecy and the power of miracles. After he had become blind, when a cup of poison was offered to him by a servant who was bribed, he knew it by divine instinct. He, however, declared that God would punish the one who had bribed the servant, and, making the sign of the cross, he drank the poison without anxiety and without harmful effect.
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:
ORCCE Ordo: Dominica V Post Epiphaniam ~ Semiduplex Dominica minor; Commemoratio: S. Apollonia virgin and martyr