Roman Martyrology, April 3rd

This Day, the Third Day of April

At Taormina, in Sicily, the bishop Saint Pancratius, who sealed, with a martyr’s blood, the gospel of Christ which the Apostle Saint Peter had sent him thither to preach.

At Tomis, in Scythia, the birthday of the holy martyrs Evagrius and Benignus.

At Thessalonica, the martyrdom of the holy virgins Agape and Chionia, under the emperor Diocletian. As they would not deny Christ, they were first detained in prison, then cast into the fire, but being untouched by the flames, they gave up their souls to their Creator whilst praying to Him.

At Tyre, the martyr Saint Vulpian, who was sewed up in a sack with a serpent and a dog, and drowned in the sea, during the persecution of Maximian Galerius.

In the monastery of Medicion, in the East, the abbot Saint Nicetas, who suffered much for the worship of holy images, in the time of Leo the Armenian.

In England, Saint Richard, bishop of Chichester, celebrated for holiness and glorious miracles.

In the same country, Saint Burgundofora, abbess and virgin.

At Palermo, Saint Benedict, of Saint Philadelphus, confessor, surnamed the Black, on account of his color. He was of the Order of Friars Minor, and rested in the Lord on the third of April, with a reputation for miracles. The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius VII, placed him in the number of the Saints.

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