Quarto Kaléndas Decémbris Luna secunda Anno Domini 2019
the morrow we keep the Feast of the holy martyr Jehoshaphat, Archbishop
of Polotsk, Monk of the Order of St. Basil, who was cruelly murdered by
schismatics at Vitebsk in Poland, out of their hatred for Catholic unity
and truth, whose name Pope Pius IX. enrolled among those of the holy
martyrs, and of whom mention hath been made upon the 12th day of this
present month of November.
November 28th 2019, the 2nd day of the Moon, were born into the better life:
At Rome, the holy Rufus, with all his house, whom Diocletian made martyrs unto Christ.
At Corinth, holy
Sosthenes, the disciple of the blessed Apostle Paul, of whom the same
Apostle doth make mention in writing unto the Corinthians. He was the
chief man of the synagogue when he turned to Christ, and eminently
hallowed the first-fruits of his faith by being sharply beaten in the
presence of Gallio the Proconsul.
In Africa, the holy martyrs the Bishops Papinian and Mansuetus.
On account of their
defence of the Catholic faith, during the Vandal persecution under the
Arian King Genseric, their whole bodies were seared with white hot iron
plates, and so they finished their glorious contending.
At the same time, the
other holy Bishops Valerian, Urban, Crescens, Eustace, Cresconius,
Crescentian, Felix, Hortulanus, and Florentian were condemned to exile,
and there finished their earthly days.
At Constantinople, the
holy martyrs Stephen the younger, Basil, Peter, Andrew, and their
Companions, even three hundred and thirty-nine monks, who for the
honouring of holy images under the Emperor Constantine Copronymus were
put to divers cruel torments, and sealed their confession of the
Catholic truth by the outpouring of their blood.
At Rome, the blessed Pope Gregory III., who passed to heaven famous for his holiness and worthy deeds.
At Naples, (in the year
1476,) the holy Confessor James of Picenum, of the Order of Friars
Minor, famous for the sharp self-denial of his life, for his Apostolic
preaching, and for the embassages which he undertook for Christendom's
sake, whose name the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XIII enrolled among those
of the saints.
V. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.