10 August

AT Rome, on the Tiburtine road, the birthday of the blessed archdeacon Lawrence, a martyr during the persecution of Valerian. After much suffering from imprisonment, from scourging with whips set with iron or lead, from hot metal plates, he at last completed his martyrdom by being slowly consumed on an iron instrument made in the form of a gridiron. His body was buried by blessed Hippolytus and the priest Justin in the cemetery of Cyriaca, in the Veran field.—Also, at Rome, the martyrdom of one hundred and sixty-five holy martyrs, who were soldiers under the emperor Aurelian.—At Bergamo, St. Asteria, virgin and martyr, in the persecution of the emperors Diocletian and Maximian.—At Alexandria, the commemoration of the holy martyrs, in the persecution of Valerian, under the governor Æmilian. They were a long time subjected to various excruciating torments, and won the crown of martyrdom by different kinds of deaths.—At Carthage, the holy virgins and martyrs Bassa, Paula, and Agathonica.—At Rome, the holy confessor Deusdedit, a laboring man, who gave to the poor every Saturday what he had earned during the week.—In Spain, the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the name of our Lady of Ransom, foundress of the Order for the Redemption of Captives.

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

Thanks be to God.

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