Roman Martyrology, January 20th

This Day, the Twentieth Day of January

At Rome, the birthday of Saint Fabian, Pope, who suffered martyrdom in the time of Decius, and was buried in the cemetery of Callistus.

In the same place, in the catacombs, the martyr Saint Sebastian. He was commander of the first cohort, under the emperor Diocletian, but for professing Christianity he was bound to a tree in the centre of a vast field, shot with arrows by the soldiers, and beaten with clubs until he expired.

At Kicaea, in Bithynia, Saint Neophytus, martyr, who, in the fifteenth year of his age, was scourged, cast into a furnace, and exposed to wild beasts; as he remained uninjured, and constantly confessed the faith of Christ, he was at last killed with the sword.

At Cesena, Saint Maurus, bishop, renowned for virtues and miracles.

In Palestine, in the time of the emperor Marcian, the birthday of Saint Euthymius, abbot, who adorned the Church by his zeal for Catholic discipline, and the gift of miracles.

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