This Day, the Second Day of January
The Octave of Saint Stephen, the first martyr.
At Rome, the commemoration of many holy martyrs, who, despising the edict of the emperor Diocletian, which ordered that the sacred books should be delivered up, preferred to surrender themselves to the executioners rather than to give holy things to dogs.
At Antioch, the passion of blessed Isidore, bishop.
At Tomis, in Pontus, in the time of the emperor Licinius, three holy brothers, Argeus, Narcissus, and the young man Marcellinus. This last, being enrolled among the new soldiers, and refusing to serve, was beaten almost to death, and for a long time kept in prison. Being finally cast into the sea, he finished his martyrdom; but his brothers were beheaded.
At Milan, Saint Martinian, bishop.
In Nitria, in Egypt, blessed Isidore, bishop and confessor.
The same day, Saint Siridion, bishop.
In Thebais, Saint Macarius of Alexandria, abbot.
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