29 December

AT Canterbury, in England, the birthday of St. Thomas, bishop and martyr, who, for the defence of justice and ecclesiastical immunities, was struck with the sword in his own basilica by a faction of impious men, and thus went to Christ.—At Jerusalem, holy David, king and prophet.—At Arles, the birthday of St. Trophimus, mentioned by St. Paul in his epistle to Timothy. Being consecrated bishop by that apostle, he was the first sent to preach the gospel of Christ in that city. From his preaching as from a fountain, according to the expression of pope St. Zosimus, all Gaul received the waters of salvation.—At Rome, the holy martyrs Callistus, Felix and Boniface.—In Africa, the holy martyrs Dominic, Victor, Primian, Lybosus, Saturninus, Crescentius, Secundus and Honoratus.—At Vienne, in France, St. Crescens, disciple of the blessed apostle Paul, and first bishop of that city.—At Constantinople, St. Marcellus, abbot.—In Normandy, St. Ebrulphus, abbot and confessor, in the time of king Childebert.

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

Thanks be to God.

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