Roman Martyrology, November 23rd

This Day, the Twenty-third Day of November

The birthday of Pope Saint Clement, who held the sovereign Pontificate the third after the blessed Apostle Peter. In the persecution of Trajan, he was banished to Chersonesus, where, being precipitated into the sea with an anchor tied to his neck, he was crowned with martyrdom. His body was taken to Rome during the pontificate of Nicholas I, and placed with due honors in the church which had been previously built under his invocation.

At Rome, Saint Felicitas, mother of seven sons, martyrs. After them she was beheaded for Christ, by order of the emperor Marcus Antoninus.

At Merida, in Spain, Saint Lucretia, virgin and martyr, who consummated her martyrdom in the persecution of Diocletian, under the governor Dacian.

At Cyzicum, in Hellespont, Saint Sisinius, martyr, who, after many torments, was put to the sword, in the same persecution.

At Iconium, in Lycaonia, the holy bishop Amphilochius, who was the companion of Saint Basil and Saint Gregory Nazianzen in the desert, and their colleague in the episcopate. After many combats for the Catholic faith, he rested in peace, with the reputation of a holy and learned prelate.

At Girgenti, the decease of Saint Gregory, bishop.

In the village of Hasbein, Saint Tron, priest and confessor.

At Mantua, blessed John the Good, of the Order of Augustinians, whose celebrated life was written by Saint Antoninus.

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