15 April

AT Rome, the Saints Basilissa and Anastasia. Of noble family, they were disciples of the Apostles, and as they persevered courageously in their profession of their faith in the time of the emperor Nero, they had their tongues and feet cut off, were put to the sword, and thus obtained the crown of martyrdom.—The same day, the holy martyrs Maro, Eutyches, and Victorinus, who, with blessed Flavia Domitilla, were banished to the island of Pontia for the confession of Christ. Being recalled in the reign of Nerva, and having converted many to the faith, they were put to death in different manners by the judge Valerian during the persecution of Trajan.— In Persia, in the reign of the emperor Decius, the holy martyrs Maximus and Olympiades, who were beaten with rods and whips, and struck on their heads with clubs until they breathed their last.—At Ferentino, in Campania, St. Eutychius, martyr.— At Myra, in Lycia, St. Crescens, who consummated his martyrdom by fire.—Also the holy martyrs Theodorus and Pausilippus, who suffered under the emperor Adrian.

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

Thanks be to God.

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