This Day, the Seventeenth Day of April At Rome, St. Anicetus, Pope and martyr, who obtained the palm of martyrdom in the persecution of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. In Africa, the birthday of blessed Mappalicus, and many others who were crowned with martyrdom, as is related by St. Cyprian in his epistle to the Martyrs and Confessors. In the same country, the holy martyrs Fortunatus and Marcian. At Antioch, the holy martyrs Peter, a deacon, and Hermogenes, his servant. At Cordova, the holy martyrs Elias, a priest, Paul and Isidore, monks. At Vienne, St. Pantagathus, bishop. At Tortona, St. Innocent, bishop and confessor. At Citeaux, in France, the abbot St. Stephen, who was the first to live in the desert of Citeaux, and who joyfully welcomed St. Bernard and his companions when they came thither. In the monastery of Chaise-Dieu, in the diocese of Clermont, St. Robert, confessor, founder and first abbot of that monastery. And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins. Omnes sancti Mártyres, oráte pro nobis. ("All ye Holy Martyrs, pray for us", from the Litaniae Sanctorum, the Litany of the Saints) Response: Thanks be to God.