Roman Martyrology-October 20th-on this date in various years-
St. John Cantius, priest and confessor, who fell asleep in the Lord on the 24th of December.
At Abia, near Aquila in Abruzzo, the birthday of blessed Maximus, deacon and martyr. Because of his desire to suffer he shewed himself to the persecutors of his own accord. After answering with great constancy, he was racked and tortured, then beaten with rods, and he finally died by being cast headlong from a high place.
At Agen in France, St. Caprasius, martyr. He was hiding in a cavern to avoid the violence of the persecution when the report of the blessed virgin Faith’s courage in suffering for Christ roused him to endure the torments. He prayed to God that, if he were deemed worthy
of the glory of martyrdom, clear water might flow from the rock of his cave. God granted his prayer, and he went with confidence to the scene of the trial, where, after a valiant struggle, he merited the palm of martyrdom under Maximian.
At Antioch, St. Artemius, an imperial officer who had filled high positions in the army under Constantine the Great. Julian the Apostate, however, whom he rebuked for his cruelty towards Christians, ordered him to be beaten with rods, subjected to other torments, and finally beheaded.
At Constantinople, St. Andrew of Crete, a monk who had often been scourged by Constantine Copronymus for his veneration of holy images. After one of his feet had been cut off he rendered up his soul.
At Cologne, the martyrdom of the holy virgins Martha and Saula, with many others.
In Portugal, St. Irene, virgin and martyr. Her body was honourably buried in the town of Scalabris. Since that time the town has been named Santarem, which is derived from her name.
At Aussonce, in the diocese of Rheims, St. Sindulphus, priest and confessor.
At Minden in Germany, the translation of St. Felician, bishop of Foligno and martyr. From his holy relics a portion was placed in an urn and brought to Germany from the city of Foligno in Umbria, where he had died on the 24th of January.
At Paris, the translation of the holy martyrs George, a deacon, and Aurelius from Cordova, a city of Spain, where they had died with three companions on the 27th of July.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God