Roman Martyrology-September 14th- on this date in various years-
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, when Emperor Heraclius, after
defeating King Chosroes, brought it back to Jerusalem from Persia.
At Rome, on the Appian Way, during the persecution of Decius,
blessed Cornelius, pope and martyr. After being banished, he was
scourged with leaded whips and then beheaded with twenty-one others
of both sexes. On the same day were condemned to capital punishment
Caerealis, a soldier, and his wife Sallustia, who had been instructed
in the faith by the same Cornelius.
In Africa, in the time of Emperors Valerian and Gallienus, St.
Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, most renowned for holiness and
learning. It was near the seashore, six miles from the city, that he
completed his martyrdom by beheading, after enduring a most painful
exile. The feast of the Saints Cornelius and Cyprian is kept on the
16th of this month.
At Comana in Pontus, the birthday of St. John, bishop of
Constantinople, confessor and doctor of the Church, surnamed
Chrysostom because of his golden eloquence. He was cast into exile
by a faction of his enemies, but was recalled by a decree of Pope
Innocent I. However, he suffered many evils on the journey at the
hands of the soldiers who guarded him, and he rendered up his soul
unto God. His feast is kept on the 27th of January, on which day his
holy body was translated to Constantinople by Theodosius the
Younger. Pope Pius X declared and appointed this glorious preacher
of the divine Word as heavenly patron of those preaching of holy
At Treves, the holy bishop Maternus, a disciple of the blessed
apostle Peter, who brought to the faith of Christ the inhabitants of
Tongres, Cologne, Treves, and of the neighbouring country.
On the Salarian Way at Rome, during the persecution of Diocletian,
St. Crescentius, the young son of St. Euthymius, whose life was ended
by the sword, under the judge Turpilius.
In Africa, the passion of the holy martyrs Crescentian, Victor,
Rosula, and Generalis.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors,
and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.