Prídie Kaléndas Februárii Luna sexta Anno Domini 2020
Turin, St. John Bosco, confessor and founder of the Salesians and the
founder of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Auxiliatrix, known for
his zeal for souls and propagation of the Faith, whom Pope Pius XI
enrolled amongst the saints.
January 31st 2020, the 6th day of the Moon, were born into a better life:
At Rome, upon the way
to Porto, the holy martyrs Cyrus and John, who suffered many torments
for confessing Christ, and were beheaded, (in the fourth century.)
At Alexandria, the holy
martyr Metranus. In the time of the Emperor Decius he refused to utter
unlawful words at the command of the Pagans. Wherefore they bruised his
whole body with cudgels, pierced his face and eyes with sharp reeds, and
continued to torture him while they cast him out of the city, where
they stoned him to death, (in the year 249.) There, likewise, the holy
martyrs Saturninus, Thyrsus, and Victor.
In the same city, the holy martyrs Tharsicius, Zoticus, Cyriacus, and their Companions.
At Cyzicus, on the
Hellespont, the holy martyr Triphenes, who overcame divers torments, and
then gained the palm of martyrdom by being killed by a bull.
At Modena, holy Geminian, (after the year 390,) Bishop of that see, famous for miracles.
In the province of Milan, in the time of the Emperor Theodosius, (fifth century,) the holy Confessor Julius the Priest.
At Rome, (in the year 410,) the holy widow Marcella, whose excellences have been written by blessed Jerome.
At Rome, likewise, the
blessed widow Louisa Albertoni, (in the year 1530,) of the 3rd Order of
St. Francis, illustrious for her graces.
Upon the same day is
commemorated the translation of the holy Evangelist Mark, when (in the
year 831) his sacred body was taken from Alexandria, in Egypt, already
occupied by the Mohammedans, and brought to Venice, where it is
honourably buried in the great cathedral church consecrated in his name.
V. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.