31 March

AT Thecua, in Palestine, the holy prophet Amos, whom the priest Amasias frequently scourged, and whose temples Ozias, that priest’s son, pierced with an iron spike. Being carried half dead to his native place, he expired there and was buried with his forefathers.—In Africa, the holy martyrs Theodulus, Anesius, Felix, Cornelia, and their companions.—In Persia, during the reign of king Isdegerdes, St. Benjamin, deacon. Because he would not cease to preach the Word of God, sharp-pointed reeds were forced under his nails, a thorny stake driven through his entrails, and thus he consummated his martyrdom.—At Rome, the holy virgin Balbina, daughter of the blessed martyr Quirinus, who was baptized by pope St. Alexander, and after overcoming the world, was buried on the Appian road at her father’s side.

And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors and holy virgins.

Thanks be to God.

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