On this date in various years-
At Rome, on the Esquiline, the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Snows.
At Chalons in France, St. Memmius, a Roman citizen, who was consecrated bishop of that city by St. Peter the Apostle, and brought to the truth of the Gospel the people committed to his care.
At Rome, during the persecution of Diocletian, the martyrdom of twenty-three holy martyrs, who were beheaded on the Salarian Way, and buried at the foot of Cucumer Hill.
At Ascoli in Piceno, St. Emygdius, bishop and martyr, who was consecrated bishop by Pope St. Marcellus, and sent thither to preach the Gospel. He received the crown of martyrdom for the confession of Christ under Emperor Diocletian.
At Antioch, St. Eusignius, a soldier, who, at the age of one hundred and ten years, because he reproached Julian the Apostate for forsaking the faith of Constantine the Great, under whom he had served, and for having degenerated from his ancestor’s piety, was beheaded at his command.
Also the holy martyrs Cantidius, Cantidian, and Sobel, Egyptians.
At Augsburg, the birthday of St. Afra, martyr, who being a pagan, was converted to Christ by the teaching of St. Narcissus the bishop, and being baptized with all her household, was given over to the flames for the sake of Christ. Seven days later her mother Hilaria and three handmaids were also crowned by enduring the same kind of torment.
At Autun, blessed Cassian, bishop.
At Teano in Campania, St. Paris, bishop.
In England, St. Oswald, king, whose life is related by St. Venerable Bede.
On the same day, St. Nonna, mother of Saints Gregory Nazianzen, Caesarius, and Gorgonia.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.