Roman Martyrology, September 26th

This Day, the Twenty-Sixth Day of September

At America and Canada, Saint Isaac Jogues one of the eight North American Martyrs. Captured by the Iroquois in 1642 he was imprisoned for 13 months and tortured. Several of his fingers had been cut, chewed or burned off. After escaping and returning to France in 1646, with apostolic zeal he returned the same year with Saint Jean de Lalande and both were beheaded by tomahawk on October 18 by the Iroquois in 1642 near present day Auriesville, New York.

At Canada and America, Saint René Goupil (26 September in Canada, October 19 elsewhere) one of the North American Martyrs, a Jesuit Missionary brother, companion of Jesuit Father Isaac Jogues, and the first Jesuit martyr in Canada. While traveling to the Huron Missions he captured by the Iroquois and tortured along with Saint Isaac Jogues. After teaching the native children the Sign of the Cross, Saint Goupil was killed by a spear to the head on September 29, 1642.

At Nicomedia, the birthday of the holy martyrs Cyprian, and Justina, virgin. Under the emperor Diocletian and the governor Eutholmius. Justina suffered much for the faith of Christ and converted Cyprian, who, while a magician, endeavored to bring her under the influence of his magical practices. She afterwards suffered martyrdom withhim. Their bodies being exposed to the beasts, were taken away in the night by some Christian sailors, and carried to Rome. They were subsequently taken into the Constantinian Basilica, and deposited near the baptistery.

At Rome, the holy martyr Callistratus, and forty-nine other soldiers, who endured martyrdom together, in the persecution of Diocletian. The companions of Callistratus were converted to Christ on seeing him miraculously delivered from drowning in the sea, where he had been thrown sewed up in a bag.

Also, at Rome, Pope Saint Eusebius.

At Bologna, Saint Eusebius, bishop and confessor.

At Brescia, Saint Vigilius, bishop.

At Albano, Saint Senator.

In the territory of Frascati, the blessed abbot Nilus, founder of the monastery of Crypta-Ferrata, a man of eminent sanctity.

At Citta-di-Castello, Saint Amantius, a priest distinguished for the gift of miracles.

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