Roman Martyrology, December 20th

This Day, the Twentieth Day of December

The vigil of Saint Thomas, Apostle.

At Rome, the holy martyrs Liberatus and Bajulus.

At Alexandria, the holy martyrs Ammon, Zeno, Ptolemy, Ingen, and Theophilus, soldiers, who, standing near the tribunals, and seeing a Christian trembling under the torture and almost on the point of apostatizing, endeavored to encourage him by their looks and by signs, and when for this reason the whole people raised an outcry against them, they rushed forward, and declared themselves Christians. By their victory, Christ, who had given to them such fortitude, triumphed most gloriously.

At Gelduba, Saint Julius, martyr.

In Arabia, the holy martyrs Eugene and Macarius, priests. For reproving Julian the Apostate for his impiety, they received a most severe scourging, were banished to a vast desert, and finally were put to the sword.

At Antioch, the birthday of Saint Philogonius, bishop, who was called by the will of God from the practice of law to the government of that church. With the saintly bishop Alexander and other auxiliaries, he engaged the first combat for the Catholic faith against Arius, and, being renowned for merits, rested in the Lord. His festival was commemorated by Saint John Chrysostom with an excellent panegyric.

At Brescia, Saint Dominic, bishop and confessor.

In Spain, the departure from this world of Saint Dominic de Sylos, abbot, of the Order of Saint Benedict, most renowned for the miracles he wrought for the deliverance of captives.

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

V: All ye Holy Martyrs, pray for us
R: Thanks be to God

- Roman Martyrology, 1914, revised edition with the imprimatur of Cardinal James Gibbons