MARTYROLOGY-AUGUST 26

Martyrology-August 26th
Roman Martyrology-August 26th- on this date in various years-

At Rome, St. Zephyrinus, pope and martyr, whose birthday falls on the 20th of December.

At Cardona in Spain, the birthday of St. Raymund Nonnatus, cardinal and confessor, of the Order of our Lady of Ransom for the Redemption of Captives, renowned for holiness of life and for miracles, whose feast is observed on the 31st of August.

At Rome, during the persecution of Valerian, the holy martyrs Irenæus and Abundius, who were thrown into a sewer from which they had taken the body of blessed of Concordia. Their bodies were drawn out by the priest Justin, and buried in a crypt near St. Lawrence.

At Ventimiglia, a city of Liguria, St. Secundus, martyr, a distinguished man and officer in the Theban Legion.

At Bergamo in Lombardy, St. Alexander, martyr, who was one of the same legion, and endured martyrdom, being beheaded for the constant confession of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Among the Marcians, the saints Simplicius, and his sons Constantius and Victorian, who were first tortured in different manners, and lastly, struck with the axe, obtained the crown of martyrdom, in the time of Emperor Antoninus.

At Nicomedia, the martyrdom of St. Adrian, son of Emperor Probus. For reproaching Licinius because of the persecution of Christians, he was put to death by his order. His body was buried at Argyropolis by his uncle Domitius, bishop of Byzantium.

In Spain, St. Victor, martyr, who merited the crown of martyrs by being slain by the Moors for the faith of Christ.

At Capua, St. Rufinus, bishop and confessor.

At Pistoia, St. Felix, priest and confessor.

In the diocese of Poitiers, St. Joan-Elizabeth Bichier des Ages, virgin, who with St. André Hubert Fournet co-founded the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross, and who was renowned for her spirit of mortification and life of innocence. Pope Pius XII added her name to the list of holy virgins.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.

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  1. Belarus, Poland

    Our Lady of Częstochowa

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    The Black Madonna of Częstochowa is a revered icon of the Virgin Mary housed at the Jasna Góra Monastery at Częstochowa, in Poland. It has been venerated for at least 600 years and many miracles are attributed to the intercession of Our Lady. Częstochowa is the most popular shrine in Poland and a noted centre of pilgrimage.

    Ballade to Our Lady of Częstochowa

    Lady and Queen and Mystery manifold
    And very Regent of the untroubled sky,
    Whom in a dream St Hilda did behold
    And heard a woodland music passing by:
    You shall receive me when the clouds are high
    With evening and the sheep attain the fold.
    This is the faith that I have held and hold,
    And this is that in which I mean to die.
    Steep are the seas and savaging and cold
    In broken waters terrible to try;
    And vast against the winter night the wold,
    And harbourless for any sail to lie.
    But you shall lead me to the lights, and I
    Shall hymn you in a harbour story told.
    This is the faith that I have held and hold,
    And this is that in which I mean to die.
    Help of the half-defeated, House of Gold,
    Shrine of the Sword, and Tower of Ivory;
    Splendour apart, supreme and aureoled,
    The Battler’s vision and the World’s reply.
    You shall restore me, O my last Ally,
    To vengeance and the glories of the bold.
    This is the faith that I have held and hold,
    And this is that in which I mean to die.
    Envoi
    Prince of the degradations, bought and sold,
    These verses, written in your crumbling sty,
    Proclaim the faith that I have held and hold
    And publish that in which I mean to die.
    Hilaire Belloc

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