8 October

ST Bridget, widow, who, after visiting many holy places by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, died at Rome on the 23d of July. Her body was taken to Sweden on the 7th of this month.—The same day, the birthday of the blessed Simeon, an aged man, who, as we read in the Gospel, took our Lord Jesus in his arms.—At Caesarea, in Palestine, in the reign of Decius, St. Reparata, virgin and martyr, who, refusing to sacrifice to idols, was subjected to various kinds of torments, and finally struck with the sword. Her soul was seen to leave her body in the shape of a dove, and ascend to heaven.—At Thessalonica, St. Demetrius, a proconsul, who, for having brought many to the faith of Christ, was pierced with spears by order of the emperor Maximian, and thus ended his martyrdom.—In the same place, St. Nestor, martyr.—At Seville, in Spain, St. Peter, martyr.—At Laodicea, in the time of Diocletian, St. Artemon, a priest, who gained the crown of martyrdom by fire. —In the diocese of Laon, St. Benedicta, virgin and martyr.—At Ancona, Saints Palatias and Laurentia, who were sent into exile in the persecution of Diocletian, under the governor Dion, and sank under the weight of toil and misery.—At Rouen, St. Evodius, bishop and confessor.—At Jerusalem, St. Pelagia, surnamed the Penitent.

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

Thanks be to God.

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