Roman Martyrology, August 5th

This Day, the Fifth Day of August

At Rome, on Mount Esquiline, the dedication of the church of Saint Mary of the Snows.

Also at Rome, during the persecution of Diocletian, the martyrdom of twenty-three holy martyrs, who were beheaded on the Salarian road, and buried at the foot of Cucumer hill.

At Augsburg, the birthday of Saint Afra, martyr. After being converted from Paganism by the instructions of bishop Saint Narcissus, and being baptized with all her household, she was delivered to the flames for the confession of Christ.

At Ascoli, in the Marches, Saint Emygdius, bishop and martyr, who was consecrated bishop by Pope Saint Marcellus, and sent thither to preach the Gospel. He received the crown of martyrdom for the confession of Christ, under the emperor Diocletian.

At Antioch, Saint Eusignius, a soldier, who at the age of one hundred and ten years, because he reproached Julian the Apostate for forsaking the faith of Constantine the Great, under whom he had served, and for having degenerated from his ancestors’ piety, was decapitated by his command.

Also, the holy martyrs Cantidius, Cantidian, and Sobel, Egyptians.

At Chalons, in France, Saint Memmius, a Roman citizen, who, being consecrated bishop of that city by Saint Peter, brought to the truth of the Gospel the people committed to his care.

At Autun, blessed Cassian, bishop.

At Teano, Saint Paris, bishop.

In England, Saint Oswald, king, whose life is related by Venerable Bede.

The same day, Saint Nonna, mother of blessed Gregory Nazianzen.

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