MARTYROLOGY-DECEMBER 3

Martyrology-December 3rd
Roman Martyrology-December 3rd-on this date in various years-

St. Francis Xavier, priest of the Society of Jesus, confessor,
Apostle of the Indies, and heavenly patron of the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, and also of all the Missions, who died on
the day previous.

In Judea, the holy prophet Sophonias.

At Rome, the holy martyrs Claudius, a tribune, and Hilaria, his
wife, with Jason and Maur, their sons, and seventy soldiers. By the
command of Emperor Numerian, Claudius was fastened to a large stone
and thrown into the river, the soldiers and the sons of Claudius were
condemned to capital punishment. But blessed Hilaria, after having
buried the bodies of her sons, and while praying at their tomb, was
arrested by the pagans, and shortly after departed for heaven.

At Tangier in Morocco, St. Cassian, martyr. After having been a
recorder for a long time, at length, by an inspiration from heaven,
he deemed it a hateful thing to contribute to the massacre of the
Christians, and therefore abandoned his office, and making a
profession of Christianity, he deserved to obtain the triumph of
martyrdom.

Also in Africa, the holy martyrs Claudius, Crispin, Magina, John,
and Stephen.

In Hungary, St. Agricola, martyr.

At Nicomedia, the martyrdom of the Saints Ambicus, Victor, and
Julius.

At Milan, St. Mirocles, bishop and confessor, sometimes mentioned by
St. Ambrose.

At Dorchester in England, St. Birinus, who was the first bishop of
that city.

At Chur in Germany, St. Lucius, king of the Britons, who in the time
of Pope Eleutherius, was the first of their kings to receive the
faith of Christ.

At Siena in Tuscany, St. Galganus, hermit.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors,
and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.

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