Roman Martyrology, December 3rd

This Day, the Third Day of December

Saint Francis Xavier, confessor, of the Society of Jesus, who died on the 2d of this month.

In Judea, the holy prophet Sophonias.

At Rome, the holy martyrs Claudius, tribune, and Hilaria, his wife, with Jason and Maurus, their sons, and seventy soldiers. By the command of the emperor Numerian, Claudius was fastened to a large stone and precipitated into the river ; the soldiers and the sons of Claudius were condemned to capital punishment. But blessed Hilaria, after having buried the bodies of her sons, and whilst praying at their tomb, was arrested by the Pagans, and shortly after departed for Heaven.

At Tangier, in Morocco, Saint Cassian, martyr. After having been a recorder for a long time, at length, through the inspiration of Heaven, he deemed it an execrable thing to contribute to the massacre of the Christians, and therefore abondoned his office, and making profession of Christianity, deserved to obtain the triumph of martyrdom.

Also, in Africa, the holy martyrs Claudius, Crispinus, Magina, John, and Stephen.

In Hungary, Saint Agricola, martyr.

At Nicomedia, the Saints Ambicus, Victor and Julius.

At Milan, Saint Mirocles, bishop and confessor, sometimes mentioned by Saint Ambrose.

In England, Saint Birinus, first bishop of Dorchester.

At Coire, in Switzerland, Saint Lucius, King of the Britons, who was the first of those kings who received the faith of Christ, in the time of Pope Eleutherius.

At Siena, in Tuscany, Saint Galganus, hermit.

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