Roman Martyrology-October 19th- on this date in various years-
St. Peter of Alcantara, priest of the Order of Friars Minor and confessor, whose birthday was mentioned in the day previous to this.
At Rome, the birthday of the holy martyrs Ptolemy and Lucius, in the time of Marcus Antoninus. The former, as we learn from the martyr Justin, converted a certain immodest woman to the faith of Christ and induced her to practice chastity. He was accused by an evil man before the prefect Urbicius and made to undergo a long imprisonment in a foul dungeon. At length, because he declared by a public confession that Christ was his master, he was led to execution. Lucius protested against the sentence of Urbicius, and freely proclaimed himself to be a Christian, whereby he received the same sentence. To them was added still a third martyr, who was condemned to suffer a like punishment.
At Antioch, the holy martyrs Beronicus, the virgin Pelagia, and forty-nine others.
In Egypt, St. Varus, a soldier, who, under Emperor Maximian, visited and comforted seven holy monks who were kept in prison. When one of them died he wished to be accepted in his place, and after suffering most cruel torments with them he obtained the palm of martyrdom.
At Evreux in France, St. Aquilinus, bishop and confessor.
In the diocese of Orleans, the death of St. Veranus, bishop.
At Salerno, St. Eusterius, bishop.
In Ireland, in the monastery of the Forest of Kildare, St. Ethbin, abbot.
At Oxford in England, St. Frideswide, virgin.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.