Roman Martyrology, September 18th

This Day, the Eighteenth Day of September

At Osimo, Saint Joseph of Cupertino, confessor of the Order of the Friars Minor Conventual, who was placed among the Saints by Clement XIII.

The same day, the birthday of Saint Methodius, bishop of Olympius in Lycia, and afterwards of Tyre, most renowned for eloquence and learning. Saint Jerome says that he won the martyr’s crown at Chalcis, in Greece, at the end of the last persecution.

In the diocese of Vienne, the holy martyr Ferreol, a tribune, who was arrested by order of the impious governor Crispinus, most cruelly scourged, then loaded with heavy chains, and cast into a dark dungeon. A miracle having broken his bonds, and opened the doors of the prison, he made his escape, but being taken again by his pursuers, he received the palm of martyrdom by being beheaded.

Also, the Saints Sophia and Irene, martyrs.

At Milan, Saint Eustorgius, first bishop of that city, highly commended by blessed Ambrose.

At Gortyna, in Crete, Saint Eumenus, bishop and confessor.

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