Roman Martyrology, June 23rd

This Day, the Twenty-Third Day of June

The vigil of Saint John the Baptist.

At Rome, in the reign of Julian the Apostate, Saint John, a priest, who was decapitated on the old Salarian road, before an idol of the sun. His body was buried near those of other martyrs by the blessed priest Concordius.

Also, at Borne, Saint Agrippina, virgin and martyr, under the emperor Valerian. Her body was carried to Sicily, where it works many miracles.

At Sutri, in Tuscany, Saint Felix, priest. By the command of the prefect Turcius, he was struck on the mouth with a stone until he breathed his last.

At Nicomedia, in the time of Diocletian, the commemoration of many holy martyrs, who concealed themselves in mountains and caverns, and joyfully underwent martyrdom for the name of Christ.

At Philadelphia, in Arabia, the holy martyrs Zeno, and Zenas, his slave. When the latter kissed the chains of his master, begging to be his partner in torments, he was arrested by the soldiers, and received the crown of martyrdom with him.

In England, Saint Audry, queen and virgin, who departed for heaven with a great renown for sanctity and miracles. Her body was found without corruption eleven years afterwards.

At Turin, Saint Joseph Cafasso, priest, renowned for his piety and learning, and for his work with prisoners, reconciling to God those who were preparing for execution. He was added to the number of the Saints by Pope Pius XII.

In England, in the monastery of Ely, Saint Etheldreda, queen and virgin, who departed for heaven with a great renown for sanctity and miracles. Her body was found without corruption eleven years afterwards.

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