Roman Martyrology-December 24th-on this date in various years-
The Vigil of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
At Cracow in Poland, the birthday of St. John Cantius, priest and confessor, celebrated for his learning, for his zeal in propagating the faith, and for his virtues and miracles, for which Pope Clement XIII added him to the number of the saints. His feast is observed on the 20th of October.
At Spoleto, St. Gregory, priest and martyr. In the time of Emperors Diocletian and Maximian, he was first beaten with rough clubs, exposed on the gridiron and imprisoned, struck on the knees with iron carding instruments, burned on the sides with firebrands, and finally beheaded.
At Tripoli in Phoenicia, the holy martyrs Leucian, Metrobius, Paul, Zenobius, Theotimus, and Drusus.
At Nicomedia, during the persecution of Diocletian, St. Euthymius, martyr, who sent many before him to martyrdom, and being pierced with a sword, followed them to share their crown.
At Antioch, the birthday of forty holy virgins who suffered martyrdom by divers torments in the Decian persecution.
At Bordeaux, St. Deiphinus, bishop, who was renowned for holiness in the time of Theodosius.
At Rome, the birthday of the holy virgin Tharsilla, aunt of Pope St. Gregory, who writes of her that at the hour of her death she saw Jesus coming to her.
At Treves, St. Irmina, virgin, daughter of King Dagobert.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.