Quarto Nonas Augusti. Luna … This Day, the Second Day of August
Sancti Alfonsi-Mariae de Ligorio, Fundatoris Congregationis a sanctissimo Redemptore nuncupatae, Episcopi sanctae Agathae Gothorum, Confessoris et Ecclesiae Doctoris, qui requievit in Domino pridie hujus diei. At Nocera-de-Pagani, St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, bishop of St. Agatha of the Goths, and founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, distinguished by his zeal for the salvation of souls, by his writings, his preaching, and his example. He was inscribed on the calendar of the saints by Pope Gregory XVI, in the year 1839, the fifty-second after his happy death, and was declared Doctor of the Universal Church by Pius IX, according to a decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites.
Romae, in coemeterio Callisti, natalis sancti Stephani Primi, Papae et Martyris; qui, in persecutione Valeriani, dum Missae Sacrum perageret, et, supervenientibus militibus, ante altare intrepidus et immobilis coepta mysteria perficeret, in sede sua decollatus est. At Rome, in the cemetery of Callistus, the birthday of St. Stephen, Pope and martyr. In the persecution of Valerian, the soldiers suddenly entered whilst he was saying Mass, but he remained before the Altar and concluded the Sacred Mysteries with intrepidity, and was beheaded on his throne.
Nicaeae, in Bithynia, passio sanctae Theodotae, cum tribus filiis suis. Ex his primogenitum, nomine Evodium, cum Christum fiducialiter confiteretur, fecit primo Nicetius, Consularis Bithyniae, fustibus caedi; deinde matrem, cum omnibus filiis, igne consumi. At Nicssa, in Bithynia, the martyrdom of St. Theodota with her three sons. The eldest, named Evodius, confessing Christ with confidence, was first beaten with rods, by order of Nicetius, ex-consul of Bithynia, and then the mother, with all her sons, was consumed by fire.
In Africa sancti Rutilii Martyris, qui cum saepius, de loco in locum fugiens, persecutionem declinasset, et periculum interdum etiam pecunia redemisset, ex inopinato aliquando comprehensus est, et, Prsesidi oblatus, tormentis cruciatur plurimis; demum, ignibus traditus, egregio martyrio coronatur. In Africa, St. Rutilius, martyr. He had frequently secured safety from the perils of persecution by flight, and sometimes even by means of money, but at last, being unexpectedly apprehended, he was led to the governor, and subjected to many tortures. Afterwards he was cast into the fire, and thus merited the glorious crown of martyrdom.
Patavii sancti Maximi, ejusdem civitatis Episcopi, qui, miraculis clarus, beato fine quievit. At Padua, St. Maximus, bishop of that city, who ended his blessed life in peace, with a reputation for miracles.
Et alibi aliorum plurimorum sanctorum Martyrum et Confessorum, atque sanctarum Virginum. R. Deo gratias. And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins. Response: Thanks be to God.