Roman Martyrology, July 17th

This Day, the Seventeenth Day of July

At Rome, Saint Alexius, confessor, son of the senator Euphemian. Leaving his spouse untouched the night of his marriage, he withdrew from his house, and after a long pilgrimage returned to Rome, where he was for seventeen years harbored in his father’s house as an unknown beggar, thus deluding the world by a new device. But after his death, becoming known through a voice heard in the churches of the city, and by his own writing, he was, under the Sovereign Pontiff, Innocent I, translated to the church of Saint Boniface, where he wrought many miracles.

At Carthage, the birthday of the holy Scillitan martyrs Speratus, Narzales, Cythinus, Veturius, Felix, Acyllinus, Laetantius, Januaria, Generosa, Vestina, Donata, and Secunda. By order of the prefect Saturninus, after their first confession of the faith, they were sent to prison, nailed to pieces of wood, and finally beheaded. The relics of Speratus, with the bones of blessed Cyprian and the head of the martyr Saint Pantaleon, were carried from Africa into France, and religiously placed in the basilica of Saint John the Baptist at Lyons.

At Amastris, in Paphlagonia, Saint Hyacinth, martyr, who died in prison after much suffering, under the prefect Castritius.

At Tivoli, Saint Generosus, martyr.

At Constantinople, Saint Theodota, martyr, under the Iconoclast Leo.

At Rome, the demise of Pope Saint Leo IV.

At Pavia, Saint Ennodius, bishop and confessor.

At Auxerre, Saint Theodosius, bishop.

At Milan, the virgin Saint Marcellina, sister of the blessed bishop Ambrose, who received the religious veil from Pope Liberius in the basilica of Saint Peter at Rome. Her sanctity is attested by Saint Ambrose in his writings.

At Venice, the translation of Saint Marina, virgin.

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