Roman Martyrology, April 24th

This Day, the Twenty-Fourth Day of April

At Sevis, in Switzerland, Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, of the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor, who was sent thither to preach the Catholic faith. He was put to death by the heretics, and was placed among the holy martyrs by the Sovereign Pontiff, Benedict XIV.

At Rome, Saint Sabas, a military officer, who bravely confessed Christ before the judge when he was accused of visiting the Christians in prison. For this he was burned with torches and thrown into a caldron of boiling pitch, out of which he came uninjured. Seventy men were converted to Christ at the sight of this miracle, and as they all remained unshaken in the confession of the faith, they were put to the sword. Sabas, however, terminated his martyrdom by being cast into the river.

At Lyons, in France, during the persecution of Verus, the birthday of Saint Alexander, martyr. After being imprisoned, he was so lacerated by the cruelty of those who scourged him, that his ribs and the interior of his body were exposed to view. Then he was fastened to the gibbet of the cross, on which he yielded up his blessed soul. Thirty-four others who suffered with him are commemorated on other days.

The same day, during the persecution of Diocletian, the holy martyrs Eusebius, Neon, Leontius, Longinus, and four others, were slain with the sword after enduring great torments.

In England, the demise of Saint Mellitus, bishop. Being sent thither by Saint Gregory, he converted to the faith the East-Saxons and their king.

At Elvira, in Spain, Saint Gregory, bishop and confessor.

At Brescia, Saint Honorius, bishop.

In Ireland, Saint Egbert, priest and monk, a man of admirable humility and continency.

At Rheims, the holy virgins Bona and Doda.

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