martyrology 05-19-24

The birthday of St. Peter of Moroni, who of an anchoret was created Sovereign Pontiff and called Celestin VY. Having abdicated the pontificate, he led a religious life in solitude, where, renowned for virtues and miracles, he went to God.-At Rome, of St. Pudentiana, virgin, who, after numberless tribulations, after burying with great respect many martyrs, and distributing all her goods to the poor for Christ's sake, at length departed this world to go to heaven.-In the same city, of St. Pudens, senator, father of the virgin just mentioned, who, being clothed with Christ in baptism by the apostles, preserved unspotted the robe of innocence until he received the crown of life.-Also, at Rome, on the Appian road, the birthday of the Saints Calocerus and Parthenius, eunuchs. The former was chamberlain of the wife of the emperor Decius, and the latter chief officer in another department. As they would not offer sacrifice to idols, they were put to death.-At Nicomedia, of St. Philoterus, martyr, son of the proconsul Pacian, who after suffering much under the emperor Diocletian, received the crown of martyrdom.-In the same city of six holy virgins and martyrs. The principal one named Cyriaca, having freely reproved Maximian for his impiety, was most severely scourged and lacerated, and lastly consumed with fire-At Canterbury, of St. Dunstan, bishop.-In Bretagne, of St. Ivo, priest and confessor, who, for the love of Christ, defended the causes of orphans, widows, and the poor.

Library of Congress. The Roman Martyrology. John Murphy & CO, Publishers, 1897.