Tomorrow, Tuesday after the 3rd Sunday of Advent, being the 18th Day of December and the 29th day of the Moon, the Church Militant calls to mind…
At Philippi in Macedonia, the birthday of the holy martyrs Rufus and Zosimus, who were of the number of disciples by whom the primitive church was founded among the Jews and the Greeks. Their happy martyrdom is mentioned by St. Polycarp in his Epistle to the Philippians.
At Laodicea in Syria, the martyrdom of the Saints Theotimus and Basilian.
In Africa, the holy martyrs Quinctus, Simplicius, and others who suffered in the persecution of Decius and Valerian.
In the same country, St. Moses, martyr.
Also in Africa, the holy martyrs Victurus, Victor, Victorinus, Adjutor, Quartus, and thirty others.
At Mopsuestia in Cilicia, St. Auxentius, bishop, who, being at first a soldier under Licinius, preferred to surrender his military insÌgnia rather than offer grapes to Bacchus. Having been made a bishop, he was renowned for his merit, and died in peace.
At Tours in France, St. Gratian, appointed first bishop of that city by Pope St. Fabian. Celebrated for many miracles, he calmly went to his repose in the Lord.
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