Roman Martyrology-December 19th-on this date in various years-
In Morocco, St. Timothy, deacon, who after severe imprisonment for the sake of Christ was cast into the fire and achieved martyrdom.
At Alexandria in Egypt, blessed Nemesius, martyr, who first was denounced before the judge as a robber, and being freed from that charge, soon after, in the persecution of Decius, was accused before the judge Emilian of being a Christian. He was twice subjected to torture and condemned to be burned alive with robbers, thus bearing a resemblance to our Saviour, who was crucified with thieves.
At Nicaea, the Saints Darius, Zosimus, Paul, and Secundus, martyrs.
At Nicomedia, the holy martyrs Cyriac, Paulillus, Secundus, Anastasius, Sindimius, and their companions.
At Gaza in Palestine, the martyrdom of Saints Meuris and Thea.
At Rome, the death of Pope St. Anastasius I, a man who was rich in his poverty and filled with apostolic zeal. St. Jerome says that Rome did not deserve to possess him long, lest the capital of the world should be devastated under so fine a bishop, for shortly after his death Rome was taken and sacked by the Goths.
Antisiodori sancti Gregorii, Episcopi et Confessoris. At Auxerre, St. Gregory, bishop and confessor.
At Orleans in France, St. Adjutus, abbot, famous for the spirit of prophecy.
At Rome, St. Fausta, mother of St. Anastasia, renowned for her noble birth and her holiness.
At Avignon, blessed Urban V, who deserved well of the Church by restoring the Apostolic See to Rome, by bringing about a reunion of the Latins and the Greeks, and by suppressing heretics. Pius IX approved and confirmed the veneration which had long been paid to him.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.