At Antioch, the passion of the seven holy brothers Machabees, with their mother, who suffered under King Antiochus Epiphanes. Their relics were translated to Rome and buried in the church of St Peter ad Vincula.
At Vercelli, the birthday of St Eusebius, Bishop and Martyr, who for his confession of the Catholic faith was sent into exile by the Emperor Constantine to Scythopolis in Palestine, and thence to Cappadocia. He afterwards returned to his Church and suffered martyrdom at the hands of the persecuting Arians: but his memory is more especially honoured on December 15, on which day he was ordained bishop, and his feast day is kept on December 16.
At Nocera dei Pagani in Campania, the birthday of St Alphonsus Maria Liguori, Founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, Bishop of Santa Agata die Goti and Confessor. He was noted for his zeal for souls, his writings, his preaching and his example. Pope Gregory ⅩⅥ added him to the list of the Saints. Pius Ⅸ declared him to be a Doctor of the Universal Church, and Pius Ⅻ declared him heavenly patron before God of all confessors and moral theologians. His festival, however, is observed on the day following.
At Rome, on the Via Latina, the holy martyrs Bonus (a Priest), Faustus and Maur, with nine others, who are written of in the Acts of Pope St Stephen.
Likewise at Rome, the passion of the holy virgins Faith, Hope and Charity, the children of St Sophia; they obtained the crown of martyrdom under the Emperor Hadrian.
At Philadelphia in Arabia, the holy martyrs Cyril, Aquila, Peter, Domitian, Rufus and Menander, crowned on one day.
At Perge in Pamphlia, the holy martyrs Leontius, Attius, Alexander and six other husbandmen, who were beheaded under the governor Flavian in Diocletian’s persecution.
At Gerona in Spain, the birthday of St Felix, Martyr, who, after various kinds of tortures, was ordered by Dacian to be lacerated until he rendered up his unconquered spirit to Christ.
In the neighborhood of Paris, St Justin, Martyr.
At Vienne, France, St Verus, Bishop.
In the district of Lieuven, St Nemesius, Confessor.
At Winchester in England, St Ethelwold.
At Rome, on the Esquiline, the Dedication of the church of St Peter ad Vincula.
And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors and holy virgins.
℟ Thanks be to God.
from The Roman Martrology,
Nihil Obstat: Hubertus Richards, STL, LSS, Censor Deputatus
Imprimatur: E. Morrogh Bernard, Vicarius Generalis,
Westmonasterii: Die 23a Februarii 1962