This Day, the First Day of May
The birthday of the blessed Apostles Philip and James. Philip, after having converted nearly all Scythia to the faith of Christ, went to Hierapolis, in Asia, where he was fastened to a cross, overwhelmed with stones, and thus terminated his life gloriously. James, who is also called the brother of our Lord, was the first bishop of Jerusalem. Being hurled down from a pinnacle of the temple, he had his legs broken, and being then struck on the head with a dyer’s staff, he expired, and was buried near the temple.
In Egypt, Saint Jeremias, prophet, who was stoned to death by the people at Taphnas, where he was interred. Saint Epiphanius relates that the faithful were wont to pray at his grave, and to take away from it dust to heal those who were stung by serpents.
In France, in the province of Vivarais, blessed Andeol, sub-deacon, who was sent from the East into Gaul with others by Saint Polycarp to preach the word of God. Under the emperor Severus he was scourged with thorny sticks, and having his head split with a wooden sword into four parts, in the shape of a cross, terminated his martyrdom.
At Huesca, in Spain, the holy martyrs Orentius and Patience.
At Sion, in Switzerland, Saint Sigismund, king of the Burgundians, who was drowned in a well, and afterwards became renowned for miracles.
At Auxerre, Saint Amator, bishop and confessor.
At Auch, Saint Orientius, bishop.
In England, the Saints Asaph, bishop, and Walburge, virgin.
At Bergamo, Saint Grata, widow.
At Forli, Saint Peregrinus, of the Order of the Servites of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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