Kaléndis Februárii Luna septima Anno Domini 2020
February 1st 2020, the 7th day of the Moon, were born into the better life:
The holy martyr
Ignatius, who ruled the church of Antioch as the third Bishop of that
See in succession to the blessed Apostle Peter.
In the persecution
under the Emperor Trajan he was condemned to be killed by wild beasts,
and was sent to Rome in chains by command of the emperor. There, in the
presence of the Senate, he was first put to most grievous torments and
then thrown to lions, the which throttled him with their teeth, and so
he was made Christ's offering, (in the year 107.)
At Smyrna, the holy
martyr Pionius. He was a Priest who had written much controversial
matter on behalf of the Christian faith. After suffering a foul
imprisonment, during the which he strengthened many brethren by his
exhortations to the enduring of martyrdom, he was put to many tortures
and nailed upon a pyre, where he obtained a blessed end by being burnt
for Christ's sake. And with him suffered fifteen others, (in the year
At Ravenna, holy
Severus, (in the year 389,) Bishop of that city, to the which place he
was chosen, on account of his extraordinary merits, through a miraculous
sign in the form of a dove.
At Tron, in Gaul, (in
the fifth century,) holy Paul, Bishop of that see, whose life shone with
grace, and the preciousness of whose death is attested by miracles.
Upon the same day, holy
Ephrem, Deacon of the church of Edessa, who after much work for the
faith of Christ fell asleep in the Lord, eminent for holiness and
teaching, in the time of the Emperor Valens, (in the year 378.)
In Ireland, (in the
year 523,) the holy Virgin Brigid. At the moment that she bowed down her
head to receive the hallowed veil, she chanced to touch the wooden
steps of the altar with her hand, and in witness to her virginity the
dry wood at once became green.
At Florence, in Tuscany, the blessed Virgin Veridiana, recluse, of the Order of Vallombrosa, (Castel Florentin, 1242.)
V. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.