Roman Martyrology-July 17th- on this date in various years-
At Rome, St. Alexius, confessor, son of the senator Euphemian. Leaving his spouse before the night of marriage, he withdrew from his house, and after a long pilgrimage, returned to Rome where he was for seventeen years harboured in his father’s house as an unknown pauper, thus deluding the world in this strange way. After his death, however, becoming known through a voice heard in the churches of the city, and by his own writings, he was, under the sovereign Pontiff Innocent I, translated to the Church of St. Boniface, where he wrought many miracles.
At Carthage, the birthday of the holy Scillitan martyrs Speratus, Narzales, Cythinus, Venturius, Felix, Acyllinus, lÃ¦tantius, Januaria, Generosa, Vestina, Donata, and Secunda. By order of the prefect Saturninus, after their first confession of the faith, they were sent to prison, nailed to a cross, and finally beheaded. The relics of Speratus, with the bones of blessed Cyprian
and the head of the martyr, St. Pantaleon, were carried from Africa into France and honourably buried in the basilica of St. John the Baptist at Lyons.
At Amastris in Paphlagonia, St. Hyacinth, martyr, who died in prison after much suffering, under the prefect Castritus.
At Tivoli, St. Generosus, martyr.
At Constantinople, St. Theodota, martyr, under Leo the Iconoclast.
At Rome, the death of Pope St. Leo IV.
At Pavia, St. Ennodius, bishop and confessor.
At Auxerre, St. Theodosius, bishop.
At Milan, the virgin saint Marcellina, sister of the blessed bishop Ambrose, who received the religious veil from Pope Liberius, in the basilica of
St. Peter at Rome. Her sanctity is attested to by St. Ambrose in his writings.
At Venice, the translation of St. Marina, virgin.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and
R. Thanks be to God.