Roman Martyrology, December 28th

This Day, the Twenty-Eighth Day of December

In Bethlehem, of Juda, the birthday of the Holy Innocents, who were massacred for Christ by King Herod.

At Ancyra, in Galatia, the holy martyrs Eutychius, priest, and Domitian, deacon.

In Africa, the birthday of the holy martyrs Castor, Victor and Rogatian.

At Nicomedia, the holy martyrs Indes, eunuch, Domna, Agapes and Theophila, virgins, and their companions, who, after long combats, attained to the crown of martyrdom by various kinds of death during the persecution of Diocletian.

At Neocaesarea, in Pontus, Saint Troadius, martyr, in the persecution of Decius. During his combat Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus appeared to him in spirit, and encouraged him to undergo martyrdom.

At Arabissus, in Lower Armenia, Saint Caesarius, a martyr who suffered under Galerius Maximian.

At Lyons, in France, the birthday of Saint Francis de Sales, bishop of Geneva, ranked among the saints by Alexander VII, because of his most ardent zeal for the conversion of heretics. His festival, by order of the same Pontiff, is kept on the 29th of January, when his sacred body was translated from Lyons to Annecy. Pius IX confirmed a decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites, declaring him Doctor of the universal Church.

At Rome, Saint Domnion, priest.

In Egypt, Saint Theodore, monk, disciple of Saint Pachomius.

In the monastery of Lerins, Saint Anthony, a monk renowned for miracles.

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