Roman Martyrology-May 8th- on this date in various years-
On Mount Gargano, the apparition of St. Michael Archangel, whom Pope Pius XII named the patron and protector of radiologists and radiotherapists.
At Cracow in Poland, the birthday of St. Stanislas, bishop and martyr, who was slain by the wicked King Boleslas. His feast was celebrated on the previous day.
At Milan, the birthday of the holy martyr Victor, a Moor. He became a Christian in his youth and served in the imperial army. When Maximian wished to force him to offer sacrifice to idols, he persevered with the greatest fortitude in the confession of the Lord. He was first beaten with rods, but by God’s protection without feeling any pain. Following this, melted lead was poured over him, which did him no injury whatever. The career of his glorious martyrdom was finally ended by his being beheaded.
At Constantinople, St. Acathius, who, being denounced as a Christian by the tribune Firmus, and cruelly tortured at Perinthus by the judge Bibian, was finally condemned to death at Byzantium by the procunsul Flaccinus. His body was afterwards miraculously brought to the shore of Squillace in Calabria, where it is preserved with honour.
At Rome, Pope St. Boniface IV, who dedicated the Pantheon to the honour of our Lady and the martyrs.
Also at Rome, St. Benedict II, pope and confessor.
At Vienne in France, St. Denis, bishop and confessor.
At Auxerre, St. Helladius, bishop.
In the monastery of Bella Vallis, in the diocese of BesanÃ§on, St. Peter, Cistercian monk, who was made bishop of Tarantaise in Savoy.
At Ruremonde in Holland, St. Wiro, bishop of Scotland.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.