Friday, July 23, 2010

The Twenty-Third Day of July

At Ravenna, the birthday of St. Apollinaris, Bishop, who was ordained at Rome by blessed Peter the Apostle and sent to Ravenna. He suffered there varied and manifold punishments for the faith of Christ; afterwards he preached the Gospel in Emilia, and recalled many from idolatry. Finally he returned to Ravenna, and under Vespasian Caesar consummated a glorious martyrdom.

At Le Mans in France, St. Liborius, Bishop and Confessor.

At Rome, St. Bridget, a widow, who after many pilgrimages to the holy places, fell asleep, filled with the spirit of God. Her feast is kept on October 8.
At Rome also St. Rasyphus, Martyr.
In the same city, the passion of St. Primitiva, Virgin and Martyr.
Likewise of the holy martyrs Apollonius and Eugene.
On the same day the birthday of the holy martyrs Trophimus and Theophilus, who were stoned and burned under the Emperor Diocletian and finally were smitten with the sword and crowned with martyrdom.
In Bulgaria, many holy martyrs, whom the wicked Emperor Nicephorus, who laid waste the churches of God, caused to be slain by various kinds of deaths -- by the sword, by the rope, by arrows, by long imprisonment, and by starvation.
At Rome, the holy virgins Romula, Redempta, and Herundo, of whom St. Gregory the Pope writes.

And elsewhere  many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
Thanks be to God.

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