Ninth Day of May

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This Day, the Ninth Day of May

At Nazianzus, the birthday of St. Gregory, bishop and Doctor of the Church, surnamed the Theologian, because of his remarkable knowledge of divinity. At Constantinople, he restored the Catholic faith, which was fast waning, and repressed the rising heresies.

At Rome, St. Hennas, mentioned by the Apostle St. Paul in the epistle to the Romans. Generously sacrificing himself, he became an offering acceptable to God, and adorned with virtues took his departure for the Heavenly kingdom.

In Persia, three hundred and ten holy martyrs.

At Caglio, on the Flaminian road, the passion of St. Gerontius, bishop of Cervia.

In the castle of Windisch, the decease of St. Beatus, confessor.

At Constantinople, the translation of the Apostle St. Andrew and the evangelist St. Luke, out of Achaia, and of Timothy, disciple of the blessed Apostle Paul, from Ephesus. The body of St. Andrew, long after, was conveyed to Amalfi, where it is honored by the pious concourse of the faithful. From his tomb continually issues a liquid which heals diseases.

At Rome, also, the translation of St. Jerome, priest and Doctor of the Church, from Bethlehem of Juda, to the basilica of St. Mary of the Manger.

At Bari, in Apulia, the translation likewise of the holy bishop Nicholas, from Myra, a town of Lycia.

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.
 
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