Third Day of May



This Day, the Third Day of May

At Jerusalem, the Finding of the Holy Cross of our Lord, in the time of the emperor Constantine.

At Rome, on the Nomentan road, the holy martyrs Alexander, Pope, Eventius and Theodulus, priests. Alexander was bound, imprisoned, racked, lacerated with hooks, burned, pierced in all his limbs with pointed instruments, and finally put to death, under the emperor Adrian and the judge Aurelian. Eventius and Theodulus, after along imprisonment were exposed to the flames, and then beheaded.

At Narni, St. Juvenal, bishop and confessor.

At Constantinople, the holy martyrs Alexander, soldier, and Antonina, virgin.

In the persecution of Maximian, under the governor Festus, Antonina, having been condemned to remain in a house of debauch, was delivered by Alexander, who secretly exchanging garments with her, took her place. They were, tortured together, and both having their hands cut off, and being cast into the fire, were crowned at the end of their noble combat for the faith.

In Thebais, the holy martyrs Timothy and his wife Maura. The Arian prefect caused them to be tortured, and then fastened to a cross, on which remaining suspended and alive for nine days, and encouraging each other to persevere in the faith, they consummated their martyrdom.

At Aphrodisia, in Caria, the holy martyrs Diodorus and Rodopian, who were stoned to death by their fellow-citizens, in the persecution of Diocletian.

On Mount Senario, near Florence, the blessed Sostenaeus and Uguccio, confessors, who responding to a voice from Heaven, departed this life on the same day and at the same hour, while reciting the angelical salutation.

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.