Roman Martyrology, October 8th

This Day, the Eighth Day of October

Saint Bridget, widow, who, after visiting many holy places by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, died at Rome on the 23d of July. Her body was taken to Sweden on the 7th of this month.

The same day, the birthday of the blessed Simeon, an aged man, who, as we read in the Gospel, took our Lord Jesus in his arms.

At Caesarea, in Palestine, in the reign of Decius, Saint Reparata, virgin and martyr, who, refusing to sacrifice to idols, was subjected to various kinds of torments, and finally struck with the sword. Her soul was seen to leave her body in the shape of a dove, and ascend to Heaven.

At Thessalonica, Saint Demetrius, a proconsul, who, for having brought many to the faith of Christ, was pierced with spears by order of the emperor Maximian, and thus endedhis martyrdom.

In the same place, Saint Nestor, martyr.

At Seville, in Spain, Saint Peter, martyr.

At Laodicea, in the time of Diocletian, Saint Artemon, a priest, who gained the crown of martyrdom by fire.

In the diocese of Laon, Saint Benedicta, virgin and martyr.

At Ancona, Saints Palatias and Laurentia, who were sent into exile in the persecution of Diocletian, under the governor Dion, and sank under the weight of toil and misery.

At Rouen, Saint Evodius, bishop and confessor.

At Jerusalem, Saint Pelagia, surnamed the Penitent.

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