THE feast of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the commemoration of Our Lady of Victory, which the sovereign Pontiff, blessed Pius V., on account of the great naval victory gained by the Christians on this day, ordered to be kept annually.—At Rome, on the Ardeatine road, the demise of St. Mark, pope and confessor.—In the province of the Euphrates, the holy martyrs Sergius and Bacchus, noble Romans, in the time of the emperor Maximian. Bacchus, being scourged with rough whips until his body was completely mangled, breathed his last in the confession of Christ. Sergius had his feet forced into shoes full of sharp-pointed nails, and, remaining unshaken in the faith, he was sentenced to undergo capital punishment. The place where he reposes is called after him Sergiopolis, and, on account of the signal miracles wrought in it, is honored by a great concourse of Christians. —At Rome, the holy martyrs Marcellus and Apuleius, who at first followed Simon Magus, but seeing the wonders which the Lord performed by the apostle Peter, abandoned Simon, and embraced the apostolical doctrine. After the death of the Apostles, under the ex-consul Aurelian, they won the crown of martyrdom, and were buried near the city.—Also, in the province of the Euphrates, St. Julia, virgin, who endured martyrdom under the governor Marcian. —At Padua, St. Justina, virgin and martyr, who was baptized by the blessed Prosdocimus, disciple of St. Peter. As she remained firm in the faith of Christ, she was put to the sword by order of the governor Maximus, and thus went to God.—At Bourges, St. Augustus, priest and confessor.—In the diocese of Rheims, St. Helanus, priest.—In Sweden, the translation of the body of St. Bridget, widow.
And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors and holy virgins.
Thanks be to God.