Ninth day of November



This Day, the Ninth Day of November

At Rome, the dedication of the Basilica of our Saviour.

At Amasea, in Pontus, the birthday of St. Theodore, a soldier, in the time of the emperor Maximian. For the confession of Christ, he was severely scourged and sent to prison, where he was comforted by an apparition of our Lord, who exhorted him to act with courage and constancy. He was finally stretched on the rack, lacerated with iron hooks till his intestines were laid bare, and then cast into the flames to be burned alive. His glorious deeds have been celebrated in a magnificent oration by St. Gregory of Nyssa.

At Tyana, in Cappadocia, the martyrdom of St. Orestes, under the emperor Diocletian.

At Thessalonica, St. Alexander, martyr, during the reign of Maximian.

At Bourges, St. Ursinus, confessor, who was ordained at Rome by the successors of the Apostles and appointed first bishop of that city.

At Naples, in Campania, St. Agrippinus, a bishop renowned for miracles.

At Constantinople, the holy virgins Eustolia, a native of Rome, and Sopatra, daughter of the emperor Maurice.

At Berytus, in Syria, the Commemoration of the Image of our Saviour, which being fastened to a cross by the Jews, poured out blood so copiously that the Eastern and Western Churches received abundantly of it.

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.