Sixth Day of May

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This Day, the Sixth Day of May

At Rome, the feast of St. John before the Latin Gate. Being bound and brought to Rome from Ephesus by the order of Domitian, he was condemned by the Senate to be cast, near the said gate, into a vessel of boiling oil, from which he came out more healthy and vigorous than before.

At Antioch, St. Evodius, who, as the blessed Ignatius wrote to the people of Antioch, was consecrated first bishop of that city by the Apostle St. Peter, and ended his life by a glorious martyrdom.

At Cyrene, St. Lucius, bishop, who is mentioned by St. Luke, in the Acts of the Apostles.

In Africa, the holy martyrs Heliodorus and Venustus, with seventy-five others.

In Cyprus, St. Theodotus, bishop of Cyrinia, who having undergone grievous afflictions under the emperor Licinius, at length yielded his soul to God, when peace was restored to the Church.

At Damascus, the birthday of the blessed John Damascene, renowned for sanctity and learning, who, by both the written and the spoken word, courageously resisted Leo the Isaurian, in defending the worship paid to sacred images. By order of this emperor his right hand was cut off, but commending himself to an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which he had defended, his hand was immediately restored to him entire and sound.

At Carrhae, in Mesopotamia, St. Protogenes, bishop.

In England, St. Eadbert, bishop of Lindisfarne, eminent for doctrine and piety.

At Rome, St. Benedicta, virgin.

At Salerno, the Translation of St. Matthew, Apostle. His sacred body previously transferred from Ethiopia to various countries, was finally taken to Salerno, and there with great pomp placed in a church dedicated under his invocation.

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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