This Day, the Seventh Day of December At Milan, the consecration of St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, who has ennobled the universal Church by his holiness and teaching. At Alexandria, the birthday of blessed Agatho, soldier. In the persecution of Decius, as he was preventing some people from insulting the bodies of the martyrs, a sudden outcry was raised against him by all the populace, and being brought before the judge and persisting in the confession of Christ, he was condemned to capital punishment as a reward for his humanity. At Antioch, the holy martyrs Polycarp and Theodore. At Tuburbum, in Africa, during the persecution of the Vandals, under the Arian King Hunneric, St. Servus, martyr, who, being for a very long time beaten with rods, lifted up on high with pulleys and suddenly dropped on flint-stones with his whole weight, and rubbed over with sharp stones, obtained the palm of martyrdom. At Teano, in Campania, St. Urban, bishop and confessor. At Saintes, in France, St. Martin, abbot, at whose tomb God works frequent miracles. In the diocese of Meaux, St. Fara, virgin. 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.