Roman Martyrology-December 26th-on this date in various years-
At Jerusalem, the birthday of St. Stephen, the first martyr, who was stoned to death by the Jews shortly after the Ascension of our Lord.
At Rome, St. Marinus, a man of senatorial rank. In the time of Emperor Numerian and the prefect Marcian, he was arrested for the Christian religion, racked and torn with iron claws like a slave, then thrown into a boiling cauldron; but being delivered because the fire became like a dew, he was exposed to the beasts without being injured by them, and finally being led to the altar, the idols of which toppled over at his prayer, he was struck with the sword, and thus obtained the triumph of martyrs.
Likewise at Rome, on the Appian Way, the death of Pope St. Denis, who sustained many labours for the Church, and was renowned for his doctrinal writings.
In the same city, St. Zosimus, pope and confessor.
In Mesopotamia, St. Archelaus, bishop, famous for learning and holiness.
At Majuma, in Palestine, St. Zeno, bishop.
At Rome, St. Theodore, sacristan of the church of St. Peter, who is mentioned by blessed Pope Gregory.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.