Roman Martyrology-January 2nd-on this date in various years-
The Octave of St. Stephen, the first martyr.
At Rome, the commemoration of many holy martyrs, who, despising the edict of Emperor Diocletian, which ordered that the sacred books should be delivered up, preferred to offer their bodies to the executioners rather than to give holy things to dogs.
At Antioch, the passion of blessed Isidore, bishop.
At Tomis in Pontus, in the time of Emperor Licinius, three holy brothers, Argeus, Narcissus, and the young man Marcellinus. This last, being enrolled among the new soldiers, and refusing to serve, was beaten almost to death, and for a long while kept in prison. Being finally cast into the sea, he finished his martyrdom, and his brothers were beheaded.
At Milan, St. Martinian, bishop.
In Nitria in Egypt, blessed Isidore, bishop and confessor.
The same day, St. Siridion, bishop.
In Thebais, St. Macarius of Alexandria, abbot.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.