(date unknown) Two hundred and twenty martyrs of Africa of whose martyrdoms no details are extant. Feastday: October 16 (date unknown) + A group of martyrs, numbering from one hundred to two hundred; no details of their deaths have survived. Feastday: October 30 (date unknown) + A group, called the Martyres Massylitani, put to death at Masyla in North Africa. The fourth-century Latin poet Prudentius wrote a hymn in their honor. Feastday: April 9 (d.c. 210) + Christians of both sexes who died in the persecution under Emperor Septimius Severus. They were burned at the stake. Feastday: January 6 (d.c. 303) + Martyrs called the “Guardians of the Holy Scriptures.” These Christians refused to turn over the sacred Christian books to the authorities to be burned. Several “Guardians” groups were martyred. St. Augustine had high praise for those in Nicomedia. Feastday: February 11 (d. 459) + Large group martyred by the Arian heretical king Geiseric of the Vandals. He had them slain at a celebration of the Eucharist on Easter Sunday. A lector was shot by an arrow through the throat while chanting the Alleluia verse. Feastday: April 5 (d. 482) + Women martyrs put to death by the Vandal king Hunneric for refusing to accept Arian Christianity. Feastday: December 16
The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes