8 April

IN Alexandria, in the time of the emperor Maximian Galerius, the martyr St. Edesius, brother of the blessed Apphian. Because he reproved the wicked judge publicly for delivering to corruptors virgins consecrated to God, he was arrested by the soldiers, exposed to the most severe torments, and thrown into the sea for Christ our Lord.—In Africa, the holy martyrs Januarius, Maxima, and Macaria.— At Carthage, St. Concessa, martyr.—The same day, the commemoration of the Saints Herodion, Asyncritus and Phlegon, who are mentioned by the blessed apostle Paul in his epistle to the Romans.—At Corinth, the bishop St. Denis, who instructed not only the people of his own city and province by the learning and unction with which he preached the word of God, but also the bishops of other cities and provinces by the letters which he wrote to them. His veneration for the Roman Pontiffs was such that he used to read their epistles publicly in the church on Sundays. He lived in the time of Marcus Antoninus Verus and Lucius Aurelius Commodus.—At Tours, the holy bishop Perpetuus, a man of wonderful sanctity.—At Ferentino, in Campania, St. Redemptus, bishop, mentioned by pope St. Gregory.—At Como, St. Amantius, bishop and confessor.

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

Thanks be to God.

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