Roman Martyrology-January 26th-on this date in various years-
St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna and martyr, who gained the crown of martyrdom on the 23rd of February.
At Hippo in Africa, the holy bishop Theogenes and thirty-six others, who, despising temporal death, obtained the crown of eternal life in the persecution of Valerian.
At Bethlehem of Judea, the death of St. Paula, widow, mother of St. Eustochium, a virgin of Christ, who abandoned her worldly prospects, though she was descended from a noble line of senators, distributed her goods to the poor, and retired to our Lord’s manger, where, endowed with many virtues, and crowned with a long martyrdom, she departed for the kingdom of heaven. Her admirable life was written by St. Jerome.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.