Roman Martyrology-February 2nd-on this date in various years-
The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, called by the Greeks the Hypapante (meeting) of the Lord.
At Caesarea in Palestine, St. Cornelius, a centurion, whom the blessed apostle Peter baptized, and raised to the episcopal dignity in that city.
At Rome, on the Salarian Way, the passion of St. Apronian,, a notary. While he was yet a heathen, and was leading St. Sisinius out of prison to present him before the governor Laodicius, he head a voice from heaven saying: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess the kingdom which I have prepared for you from the beginning of the world.” At once he believed, was baptized, and after confessing our Lord, received sentence of death.
Also at Rome, the holy martyrs Fortunatus, Felician, Firmus and Candidus.
At Orleans in France , the holy bishop Flosculus.
At Canterbury in England, the birthday of St. Lawrence, bishop, who succeeded St. Augustine in the government of that church, and converted the king himself to the faith.
At Prati in Tuscany, St. Catherine de Ricci, a virgin of Florence, member of the Order of Preachers, famous for a plenitude of heavenly gifts. Pope Benedict XIV placed her name on the roll of holy virgins.
At Bordeaux in France, St. Joan de Lestonnac, widow, foundress of the Daughters of the blessed Virgin Mary, renowned for the practice of charity and the care of her girl pupils, and whom Pope Pius XII raised to the number of the saints.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.