Roman Martyrology-October 9th- on this date in various years-
At Rome, St. John Leonard, confessor, founder of the Congregation of Clerks Regular of the Mother of God, renowned for his labours and miracles, and by whose zeal were begun missions for the propagation of the faith.
At Paris, the birthday of the holy martyrs Denis the Areopagite, a bishop, Rusticus, a priest, and Eleutherius, a deacon. Denis was baptized by the apostle St. Paul, and consecrated first bishop of Athens. Then going to Rome, he was sent to France by the blessed Roman Pontiff Clement to preach the Gospel. He proceeded to Paris, and after having for some years faithfully filled the office entrusted to him, he was subjected to the severest kinds of torments by the prefect Fescennius, and at length was beheaded with his companions, thus completing his martyrdom.
On the same day, the commemoration of the holy patriarch Abraham, father of all believers.
At Monte Cassino, St. Deusdedit, abbot, who was cast into prison by the tyrant Sicardus, and being there consumed with hunger and misery, yielded up his soul.
At Julia, in the region of Parma, on the Via Claudia, St. Domninus, martyr. Under the Emperor Maximian, in the rage of persecution, he was taken by the persecutors and died gloriously by being pierced with a sword.
In Hainault, St. Gislenus, bishop and confessor, who resigning his bishopric, led the monastic life in a monastery built by himself,and was distinguished by many virtues.
At Valencia in Spain, St. Louis Bertrand, of the Order of Preachers. Being filled with the apostolic spirit, he confirmed by the innocency of his life and the working of many miracles the Gospel which he had preached in America.
At Jerusalem, Saints Andronicus and his wife Athanasia.
At Antioch, St. Publia, abbess. While Julian the Apostate was passing by, she and her religious sang these words of David: “The idols of the Gentiles are silver and gold,” and “Let them that make them be like unto them.” By the command of the emperor, she was struck on the face and severely rebuked.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.