19 December

AT Alexandria, in Egypt, blessed Nemesius, martyr, who was first denounced before the judge as a robber, but on being freed from that charge, was soon after, in the persecution of Decius, accused before the judge Emilian of being a Christian. By him he was twice subjected to the torture, and condemned to be burned alive with robbers, thus bearing a resemblance to our Saviour, who was crucified with thieves. —At Nicaea, the Saints Darius, Zosimus, Paul, and Secundus, martyrs.—At Nicomedia, the holy martyrs Cyriacus, Paulillus, Secundus, Anastasius, Sindimius, and their companions.—In Mauritania (Barbary), St. Timothy, deacon, who, after enduring a painful imprisonment for the faith of Christ, was cast into the fire, where he consummated his martyrdom.—At Gaza, in Palestine, the martyrdom of the Saints Meuris and Thea.—At Avignon, blessed Urban V., who deserved well of the Church by restoring the Apostolic See to Rome, by bringing about a reunion of the Latins and the Greeks, and by suppressing heretics. Pius IX. approved and confirmed the veneration which had long been paid to him.—At Auxerre, St. Gregory, bishop and confessor.—At Orleans, St. Adjutus, an abbot renowned for the spirit of prophecy.—At Rome, St. Fausta, mother of St. Anastasia, distinguished for noble birth and piety.

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

Thanks be to God.

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