Prídie Kaléndas Ianuárii Luna quinta Anno Domini 2019
December 31st 2019, the 5th day of the Moon, were born into the better life:
At Rome, holy Pope
Silvester I who (was said by tradition to have) baptized the Emperor
Constantine the Great, confirmed the decrees of the Council of Nice,
wrought many other holy works, and fell asleep in peace (in the year
Likewise at Rome, at
the cemetery of Priscilla upon the Salarian Way, the holy martyrs
Donata, Paulina, Rustica, Nominanda, Serotina, Hilaria, and their
At Sens, blessed
Sabinian, (first) bishop of that see, and Potentian, who were sent
thither to preach by the Roman Pontiff, and adorned that city by their
last testimony. (He was the Apostle of Sens.)
There also in the
persecution under the Emperor Aurelian the holy virgin and martyr
Columba, who conquered fire and was slain with the sword (third
At Rhessara, the holy exorcist Hermes.
At Catania, in Sicily,
the holy martyrs Stephen, Pontian, Attalus, Fabian, Cornelius, Sextus,
Flos, Quintian, Minervinus and Simplician.
On the same day holy Zoticus, a Roman priest, who went to Constantinople, and busied himself with the care of orphans.
At Ravenna, the holy confessor the priest Barbatian.
On the same day holy
Melania, the younger, who left Rome along with her husband Pinian (son
of the Prefect of Rome), and went to Jerusalem where she became a nun,
and he a monk and both died holy deaths. (She was born in 383, married
410, and died in 439.)
V. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.