Roman Martyrology, January 4th

This Day, the Fourth Day of January

The Octave of the Holy Innocents.

In Crete, the birthday of Saint Titus, who was consecrated bishop of that island by the Apostle Saint Paul. After having faithfully performed the duty of preaching the Gospel, he reached the end of his blessed life, and was buried in the Church of which he had been made a worthy minister by the holy Apostle.

At Rome, in the reign of the impious Julian, the holy martyrs Priscus, priest, Priscillian, cleric, and Benedicta, a religious woman, who ended their martyrdom by the sword.

Also, at Rome, under the same emperor, blessed Dafrosa, wife of the martyr Saint Flavian. After her husband had been killed, she was first banished, and then beheaded.

At Bologna, the Saints Hermes, Aggoeus, and Caius, martyrs, who suffered under the emperor Maximian.

At Adrumetum, in Africa, in the persecution of Severus, the commemoration of Saint Mavilus, martyr, who, being condemned by the most cruel president Scapula to be devoured by wild beasts, received the crown of martyrdom.

Also, in Africa, the most renowned martyrs Aquilinus, Geminus, Eugenius, Marcian, Quinctus, Theodotus, and Tryphon.

At Langres, Saint Gregory, a bishop renowned for miracles.

At Rheims, in France, Saint Rigobertus, bishop and confessor.

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