17 October

THE feast of St. Hedwiges, widow, duchess of Poland, who went to her rest in the Lord on the 15th of this month.—At Antioch, the birthday of St. Heron, disciple of blessed Ignatius. Being made bishop after him, he religiously followed his master's footsteps, and, as a true lover of Christ, died for the flock entrusted to his keeping.—The same day, the martyrdom of the Saints Victor, Alexander, and Marian.—In Persia, St. Mamelta, martyr, who, being converted from idolatry to the faith by an angel, was stoned by the Gentiles and cast into a deep lake.—At Constantinople, during the reign of Constantine Copronymus, St. Andrew of Crete, a monk, who was often scourged for the worship of holy images, and finally, after having one of his feet cut off, breathed his last.—At Orange, in France, St. Florentinus, bishop, who died leaving a reputation for many virtues.—At Capua, St Victor, a bishop, distinguished for erudition and sanctity.

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

Thanks be to God.

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