Kaléndis Ianuárii Luna sexta Anno Domini 2020
The morrow is the Octave of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, upon the which day is commemorated His Circumcision.
January 1st 2020, the 6th day of the Moon, were born into the better life:
At Rome, the holy
martyr Almachius, who was slain by gladiators (about the year 404) at
the command of Alpius, prefect of the city, because he said: "This is
the Octave of the Lord's Birth, cease from your idolatrous
superstitions, and your unclean sacrifices." Likewise at Rome, upon the
Appian Way, thirty holy soldiers who were crowned with martyrdom, under
the Emperor Diocletian.
Likewise at Rome, the
holy virgin Martina, who was put to divers torments, under the Emperor
Alexander, and at length gained the crown of martyrdom by the sword,
whose feast we keep upon the 30th day of the month of January.
At Spoleto, in the time
of the Emperor Antonine, the holy martyr, the priest Concordius. He was
first cudgelled, then racked, and afterwards suffered imprisonment
wherein he was comforted by a visit of angels, and at length was
delivered from this life by the sword.
On the same day, the holy martyr Magnus.
At Caesarea, in
Cappadocia, the burial of the holy Basil, bishop of Caesarea (in the
year 379), whose feast we keep upon the 14th day of June. Which is the
day whereon he was ordained a bishop.
In Africa, blessed
Fulgentius, bishop of the Church of Ruspa (in the year 508), who at the
time of the persecution under the Vandals, suffered much at the hands of
the Arians because of his Catholic faith, and his eminent teaching. He
was exiled to Sardinia (in the year 510); but was at length (in the year
523) allowed to return to his own church, where (in the year 533) he
died a holy death, famous for his life and his words.
At Chieti, in Abruzzo
Citeriore, holy Justin, bishop of that city, famous for the holiness of
his life, and for the miracles worked through him (in the year 543).
At the monastery of St.
Claude, upon the Jura Mountains, in the country of Lyon, holy (4th)
Eugendus, Abbot (of Condat), whose life was illustrious for his graces
and miracles (in the year 510).
At Senlis (in the year
1049), holy Odilo, (6th) Abbot of Cluny (elected in the year 994), who
first commanded that in his monasteries a commemoration of all the
faithful departed should be made upon the first day after the festival
of All Saints, the which custom the Universal Church hath since approved
by adopting it.
At Monte Senario, in
Tuscany, the blessed confessor Bonfiglio, one of the seven founders of
the order of servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom he was devoted
and by whom he was suddenly called away to heaven (in the year 1262).
At Alexandria (in the
year 470), the burial of the holy virgin Euphrosyne, who shone in her
nunnery as a great light by the power of her self-denial and her
V. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.