2 April

ST. FRANCIS of Paula, founder of the Order of Minims. As he was renowned for virtues and miracles, he was inscribed among the Saints by Leo X.—At Caesarea, in Palestine, during the persecution of Galerius Maximian, the birthday of the martyr St. Amphian, who, because he reproved the governor Urban for sacrificing to idols, was cruelly lacerated and, with his feet wrapped in a cloth saturated with oil, was set on fire. After these painful tortures, he was plunged into the sea. Thus through fire and water, he reached everlasting repose.—In the same city, the passion of St. Theodosia, a virgin of Tyre, who, in the same persecution, for having publicly saluted the holy confessors as they stood before the tribunal, and begged of them to remember her when they should be with God, was arrested and led to the governor Urban. By his order, her sides and breasts were lacerated to the very vitals, and she was thrown into the sea.—At Lyons, St. Nizier, bishop of that city, renowned for his saintly life and miracles.—At Como, St. Abundius, bishop and confessor.—At Langres, St. Urban, bishop.—In Palestine, the decease of St. Mary of Egypt, surnamed the Sinner.

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

Thanks be to God.

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