5 April

AT Vannes, in Brittany, St. Vincent Ferrer, confessor, of the Order of Preachers, who was mighty in word and deed, and converted many thousands of infidels to Christ.—At Thessalonica, St. Irene, virgin, who was imprisoned for having concealed the sacred books, contrary to the edict of Diocletian, was pierced with an arrow, and consumed by fire, by order of the governor Dulcetius, under whom her sisters Agape and Chionia had previously suffered.—In the island of Lesbos, the sufferings of five holy martyrs.—The same day, St. Zeno, martyr, who was flayed alive, besmeared with pitch, and then cast into the fire.—In Africa, the holy martyrs, who, in the persecution of the Arian king Genseric, were murdered in the church on Easter day. The lector, whilst singing Alleluia at the stand, was pierced through the throat with an arrow.

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

Thanks be to God.

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