A.D. V Kal. Dec.

Tomorrow, Tuesday following the Sunday next before Advent, being the 27th day of November and the 8th day of the Moon, the Church Militant calls to mind…

At Antioch, the holy martyrs Basileus, bishop, Auxilius, and Saturninus.

At Sebaste in Armenia, in the reign of Emperor Diocletian and under the governor Maximus, the holy martyrs Hirenarchus, the priest Acacius, and seven women. Struck with the constancy of these women, Hirenarchus was converted to Christ, and with Acacius died under the axe.

In Galicia, on the River Cea, the Saints Facundus and Primitivus, who suffered under the governor Atticus.

In Persia, St. James Intercisus, a distinguished martyr. In the time of Theodosius the Younger he denied Christ in order to please King Isdegerd, but his mother and his wife for this reason withdrew from his company. Coming to himself, he returned to the king to declare his faith in our Lord, whereupon the angry monarch condemned him to be cut in pieces and beheaded. Countless other martyrs suffered at this time in the same country.

At Aquileia, St. Valerian, bishop.

At Riez in France, St. Maximus, bishop and confessor, who, from his tender years, was endowed with every grace and virtue. Being first superior of the monastery of Lerins, and afterwards bishop of the Church of Riez, he was celebrated for the working of miracles and prodigies.

In India, near the Persian boundary, the Saints Barlaam and Josaphat, whose wonderful deeds were written by St. John Damascene.

At Paris, the death of St. Severin, monk and solitary.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

Thanks be to God!

Holy Saints, pray to God for us!

Traditionally read at the office of Prime in the early dawn, today’s reading always announces tomorrow’s saints and feasts: a liturgical heads-up, as it were. Sources for this (Mostly) daily series: The Oxford Dictionary of the Saints, the Roman Catholic Martyrology, St Nikolai’s Prolog, Butler’s Lives of the Saints, the OCA’s daily saints calendar, and, The Celtic Year by Shirley Toulson. These postings use the Revised Julian Paschalion of the New Calendar Eastern Rites

Huw Richardson wroted this on November 26th, 2012

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