28 December

IN Bethlehem, of Juda, the birthday of the Holy Innocents, who were massacred for Christ by king Herod.—At Ancyra, in Galatia, the holy martyrs Eutychius, priest, and Domitian, deacon.—In Africa, the birthday of the holy martyrs Castor, Victor and Rogatian.—At Nicomedia, the holy martyrs Indes, eunuch, Domna, Agapes and Theophila, virgins, and their companions, who, after long combats, attained to the crown of martyrdom by various kinds of death during the persecution of Diocletian. —At Neocaesarea, in Pontus, St. Troadius, martyr, in the persecution of Decius. During his combat St. Gregory Thaumaturgus appeared to him in spirit, and encouraged him to undergo martyrdom.—At Arabissus, in Lower Armenia, St. Caesarius, a martyr who suffered under Galerius Maximian.—At Lyons, in France, the birthday of St. Francis of Sales, bishop of Geneva, ranked among the saints by Alexander VII., because of his most ardent zeal for the conversion of heretics. His festival, by order of the same Pontiff, is kept on the 29th of January, when his sacred body was translated from Lyons to Annecy. Pius IX. confirmed a decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites, declaring him Doctor of the universal Church.—At Rome, St. Domnion, priest.—In Egypt, St. Theodore, monk, disciple of St. Pachomius.—In the monastery of Lerins, St. Anthony, a monk renowned for miracles.

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

Thanks be to God.

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