17 September

THE commemoration of the Impression of the Sacred Wounds which St. Francis, founder of the Order of Minorites, received, through a wonderful favor of God, in his hands, feet and side, on Mount Alvernia, in Tuscany.—At Rome, on the road to Tivoli, the birthday of St. Justin, priest and martyr, who distinguished himself by a glorious confession of the faith, during the persecution of Valerian and Gallienus. He buried the bodies of the blessed pontiff, Xystus, of Lawrence, Hippolytus, and many other saints, and finally consummated his martyrdom under Claudius.—Also, at Rome, the holy martyrs Narcissus and Crescentio.—In Phrygia, St. Ariadna, martyr, under the emperor Adrian. —In England, the holy martyrs Socrates and Stephen.—At Nevers, the holy martyrs Valerian, Macrinus, and Gordian.—At Autun, under the emperor Antoninus and the governor Valerian, St. Flocellus, a boy, who, after many sufferings, was torn to pieces by wild beasts, and thus won the crown of martyrs. —At Liege, blessed Lambert, bishop of Maestricht. Having, through zeal for religion, rebuked the royal family, he was undeservedly put to death by the guilty, and thus entered the court of the heavenly kingdom, to enjoy it forever.—At Saragossa, in Spain, St. Peter of Arbues, first inquisitor of the faith in the kingdom of Arragon, who received the palm of martyrdom by being barbarously massacred by apostate Jews, for defending courageously the Catholic faith, according to the duties of his office. He was canonized by Pius IX. in 1867.—The same day, St. Agathoclia, servant of an infidel woman, who was for a long time subjected by her to blows and other afflictions, that she might deny Christ. She was finally presented to the judge and cruelly lacerated, and as she persisted in confessing the faith, they cut off her tongue and threw her into the flames.—At Cordova, St. Columba, virgin and martyr.—At Milan, the departure from this world of St. Satyrus, confessor, whose distinguished merits are mentioned by his brother, St. Ambrose.—At Rome, in the persecution of Diocletian, St. Theodora, a matron, who carefully ministered to the martyrs.—At Bingen, in the diocese of Mayence, St. Hildegarde, virgin.

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

Thanks be to God.

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