June 30: THE FIRST HOLY MARTYRS OF THE HOLY ROMAN CHURCH


June 30: THE FIRST HOLY MARTYRS OF THE HOLY ROMAN CHURCH Just after the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Church celebrates the memory of those Christians who, together with their pillars, suffered martyrdom during the persecution under the Roman emperor Nero. They suffered atrocious torments because of their belief and persevered till the…

Sept. 26: SAINTS COSMAS AND DAMIAN, Martyrs.


Sept. 26: Sts. COSMAS AND DAMIAN, Martyrs [Optional Memorial]   They were twins, born in Arabia, and practised the art of healing in the seaport Ægea, now Ayash (Ajass), on the Gulf of Iskanderun in Cilicia, Asia Minor, and attained a great reputation. They accepted no pay for their services and were, therefore, called anargyroi,…

Sept. 19: ST. JANUARIUS, Bishop and Martyr. Patron of Naples, Italy.


Sept. 19: ST. JANUARIUS Bishop and Martyr Patron of Naples, Italy. St. Januarius (Italian: Gennaro), also known as Januarius I of Benevento, was a Bishop of Benevento and is a martyr and saint of the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Churches. It is claimed that he died during the Great Persecution[2] which ended with…

March 7: STS. PERPETUA AND FELICITY, MARTYRS.


March 7 STS. PERPETUA AND FELICITY, MARTYRS St. Perpetua was a 22-year old married noble and a nursing mother. Her co-martyr St. Felicity, an expectant mother, was her slave. They suffered together at Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. The Passion of Sts. Perpetua, Felicitas, and their Companions in 203 is said to preserve…