Tértio Kaléndas Februárii Luna quinta Anno Domini 2020
the morrow we keep the feast of the holy virgin and Martyr Martina,
(third century,) of whom mention is made upon the 1st day of January.
January 30th 2020, the 5th day of the Moon, were born into a better life:
At Antioch, the blessed
martyr Hippolytus, (third century.) He was a Priest who had been led
astray into the Novatian schism, but by the operation of the grace of
Christ had corrected himself, and had returned into the unity of the
Church, for which and within which he afterwards achieved a noble
martyrdom. When he was asked by his people which were the true Body, he
denied the doctrine of Novatus, and declared that the faith which men
ought to keep is the faith which the See of Peter keepeth, and so
offered his neck to the executioner.
In Africa, the holy martyrs Felician, Philappian, and 124 others.
At Edessa, in Syria,
the holy martyr Barsimceus, Bishop of that city, who converted many
Gentiles to the faith, and sent them before him to the crown, but
himself followed them with the palm of martyrdom under the Emperor
Trajan, (second century.) Likewise, at Edessa, holy Barsen, Bishop of
that See, who was famous for the grace of healing, but who on account of
his Catholic belief was banished to the uttermost parts of that country
by the Arian Emperor Valens, and there finished his earthly life, (in
the year 379.)
Likewise the blessed
Alexander. He was arrested in the persecution under the Emperor Decius,
and died under the torture, (in the year 251,) venerable for his grey
hairs and illustrious for his repeated confession.
At Jerusalem, holy
Matthias, Patriarch of that place, (in the second century,) of whom are
narrated wondrous acts of faith. He suffered much for Christ's sake
under the Emperor Hadrian, but at length fell asleep in peace.
At Rome, holy Pope Felix (IV, Pope in 526, died in 530,) who laboured much for the Catholic faith.
At Pavia, the holy Confessor Armentarius, Bishop of that See, (in the year 730.)
In the monastery of Maubeuge, in Hainaut, in the time of King Dagobert, the holy Virgin Aldegundis, (about the year 689.)
At Milan, holy Savina, a
devout woman, who fell asleep in the Lord, (in the year 311,) while she
was praying at the graves of the holy martyrs Nabor and Felix.
At Viterbo, the holy
Virgin Hyacinth de' Mariscotti, (in the year 1640,) a nun of the Third
Order of St. Francis, eminent for penitence and for love, whose name
Pope Pius VII enrolled with those of the saints.
V. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.