This Day, the Seventeenth Day of December
At Eleutheropolis, in Palestine, the holy martyrs Florian, Calanicus and their fifty-eight companions, who were massacred by the Saracens for the faith of Christ, in the time of the emperor Heraclius.
At Bigarden, near Brussels, Saint Vivina, virgin, whose eminent sanctity is attested by frequent miracles.
At Constantinople, Saint Olympiades, widow.
At Andenne, at the Seven Churches, Saint Begga, widow, sister of Saint Gertrude.
The same day, the translation of Saint Ignatius, bishop and martyr, who, the third after the blessed Apostle Peter, governed the Church of Antioch. His body was conveyed from Rome, where he had suffered under Trajan, to Antioch, and deposited in the church cemetery beyond the gate of Daphnis. Saint John Chrysostom, on that solemn occasion, delivered a discourse to his people. But afterwards his relics were carried back to Rome, and placed with the highest reverence in the Church of Saint Clement, together with the body of that blessed Pope and martyr.