ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS, confessor, whose birthday is the 14th of December.—The same day, the birthday of St. Chrysogonus, martyr. After a long imprisonment in chains for the constant confession of Christ, he was by order of Diocletian taken to Aquileia, where he terminated his martyrdom by being beheaded and thrown into the sea.—At Rome, St. Crescentian, martyr, whose name is mentioned in the Acts of the blessed pope Marcellus.—At Amelia, in Umbria, during the persecution of Diocletian, St. Firmina, virgin and martyr, who, after being subjected to various torments, to hanging, and to burning with flaming torches, yielded up her spirit.—At Corinth, St. Alexander, martyr, who fought unto death for the faith of Christ, under Julian the Apostate and the governor Sallust.—At Cordova, the saintly virgins and martyrs Flora and Mary, who were for a long time confined in prison and slain with the sword, in the persecution of the Arabs.—At Perugia, St. Felicissimus, martyr.—At Milan, St. Protasius, bishop, who defended the cause of Athanasius before the emperor Constans, in the council of Sardica. Having sustained many labors for the church entrusted to him and for religion, he departed this life to go to the Lord.—In the castle of Blaye, St. Romanus, a priest, whose holiness is proclaimed by glorious miracles.—In Auvergne, St. Portian, an abbot, who was renowned for miracles in the time of king Theodoric.
And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors and holy virgins.
Thanks be to God.