Roman Martyrology-December 20th-on this date in various years-
The Vigil of St. Thomas, Apostle.
At Rome, the birthday of St. Zephyrinus, pope and martyr. His feast is celebrated on the 26th of August.
In the same city, the martyrdom of St. Ignatius, bishop and martyr. He was the third after St. Peter the Apostle to rule the church of Antioch, and in the persecution of Trajan was condemned to the beasts. By order of Trajan he was sent to Rome in fetters, and there tortured and afflicted with the most cruel torments in the midst of the assembled Senate. Finally he was cast to the lions, and being ground by their teeth became a sacrifice for Christ. His feast is observed on the 1st of February.