Tertiodécimo Kaléndas Januárii. Luna


Tertiodécimo Kaléndas Januárii. Luna. The Twentieth Day of December. The Night of the Moon. 

Vigília sancti Thomæ Apóstoli.

The Vigil of St. Thomas, Apostle.

Romæ natális sancti Zephyríni, Papæ et Mártyris.  Ipsíus tamen festum recólitur séptimo Kaléndas Septémbris.

At Rome, the birthday of St. Zephyrinus, pope and martyr.  His feast is celebrated on the 26th of August.

Ibídem pássio sancti Ignátii, Epíscopi et Mártyris; qui, tértius post beátum Petrum Apóstolum, Antiochénam rexit Ecclésiam.  Hic, in persecutióne Trajáni, damnátus ad béstias, Romam vinctus míttitur; ibíque, circumsedénte Senátu, immaníssimis pœnárum supplíciis primo est afféctus, dehinc objícitur leónibus, quorum déntibus præfocátus, hóstia Christi effícitur.  Ejus vero festívitas Kaléndis Februárii celebrátur.

In the same city, the martyrdom of St. Ignatius, bishop and martyr.  He was the third after St. Peter the Apostle to rule the church of Antioch, and in the persecution of Trajan was condemned to the beasts.  By order of Trajan he was sent to Rome in fetters, and there tortured and afflicted with the most cruel torments in the midst of the assembled Senate.  Finally he was cast to the lions, and being ground by their teeth became a sacrifice for Christ.  His feast is observed on the 1st of February.

Item Romæ sanctórum Mártyrum Liberáti et Bájuli.

At Rome, the holy martyrs Liberatus and Bajulus.

In Arábia sanctórum Mártyrum Eugénii et Macárii Presbyterórum, qui a Juliáno Apóstata, cum ipsíus impietátem arguíssent, sævíssimis plagis affécti sunt, atque in vastíssimam erémum relegáti, et gládio cæsi.

In Arabia, the holy martyrs Eugene and Macarius, priests.  For reproving Julian the Apostate for his impiety, they received severe stripes, were banished to a vast desert, and finally were put to the sword.

Alexandríæ sanctórum mílitum et Mártyrum Ammónis, Zenónis, Ptolemæi, Ingenis et Theóphili; qui, tribunálibus astántes, cum quidam Christiánus, in supplíciis pósitis, trepidáret et jam prope ad negándum declináret, vultu, óculis ac nútibus illum conabántur erígere.  Cumque hac de causa clamor totíus pópuli in eos prosilíret, prorumpéntes in médium se Christiános esse testáti sunt; per quorum victóriam Christus, qui suis eam ánimi constántiam déderat, gloriosíssime triumphávit.

At Alexandria, the holy martyrs Ammon, Zeno, Ptolemy, Ingen, and Theophilus, soldiers.  Standing near the tribunals, and seeing a Christian under torture and almost ready to apostatize, they endeavoured to encourage him by their looks and by signs.  When on account of this the crowd raised an outcry against them, they stepped forward and declared themselves Christians.  In their victory, Christ also who had given them fortitude triumphed.

Géldubæ, in Germánia, sancti Júlii Mártyris.

At Gelduba in Germany, St. Julius, martyr.

Antiochíæ natális sancti Philogónii Epíscopi, qui, Dei nutu ex causídico ad eam Ecclésiam regéndam accersítus, advérsus Aríum, una cum sancto Alexándro Epíscopo et Sóciis, primum pro fide cathólica certámen íniit, clarúsque méritis quiévit in Dómino; cujus ánnuam festivitátem sanctus Joánnes Chrysóstomus præcláro encómio celebrávit.

At Antioch, the birthday of St. Philogonius, bishop, who was called by the will of God from the office of lawyer to the government of that church.  With the saintly bishop Alexander and his companions, he engaged in the first contest for the Catholic faith against Arius.  Renowned for merits he rested in the Lord, and his feast was commemorated by St. John Chrysostom with an excellent eulogy.

Bríxiæ sancti Domínici, Epíscopi et Confessóris.

At Brescia, St. Dominic, bishop and confessor.

In Hispánia deposítio sancti Domínici de Silos Abbátis, e sancti Benedícti Ordine, miráculis in captivórum liberatióne celebérrimi.

In Spain, the death of St. Dominic of Silos, abbot of the Order of St. Benedict, renowned for the miracles which he had wrought for the liberation of captives.

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.

December XX.
St. Philogonius, Bishop of Antioch, Confessor
St. Paul of Latrus, or Latra, Hermit


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