Twenty-Second Day of July



This Day, the Twenty-Second Day of July

At Marseilles, the birthday of St. Mary Magdalen, out of whom our Lord expelled seven demons, and who deserved to be the first to see the Saviour after He had risen from the dead.

At Philippi, St. Syntyches, mentioned by the blessed Apostle Paul.

At Ancyra, in Galatia, the birthday of the martyr St. Plato. Under the lieutenant-governor Agrippinus, he was scourged, lacerated with iron hooks, and subjected to other most atrocious torments, and finally being beheaded, he rendered his invincible soul to God. The miracles he wrougt in assisting the captives are attested in the Acts of the second Council of Nicaea.

In Cyprus, St. Theophilus, a praetor, who was apprehended by the Arabs, and as he could not be induced either by presents or threats to deny Christ, was put to the sword.

At Antioch, the holy bishop Cyril, who was distinguished for learning and holiness.

In the territory of Auvergne, St. Meneleus, abbot.

In the monastery of Blandine, the abbot St. Wandrille, celebrated for miracles.

At Scythopolis, in Palestine, St. Joseph, a count.

At Lisbon, St. Lawrence of Brindisi, confessor, superior general of the Capuchin Friars Minor of St. Francis. Illustrious by his preaching and his arduous labor for the glory of God, he was canonized by Leo XIII, who appointed the 7th of July for his feast day.

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)

Thanks be to God.