Roman Martyrology, April 28th

This Day, the Twenty-Eight Day of April

Saint Paul of the Cross, a man remarkable for innocence of life and for the spirit of penance, and Founder of the Congregation of the Cross and Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Consumed with a burning love for Christ crucified, illustrious by his Heavenly gifts and the working of miracles, and blessed with a perfect and finished virtue, he went to his repose in the Lord.

At Ravenna, the birthday of Saint Vitalis, martyr, father of the saints Gervasius and Protasius. When he had taken up and reverently buried the body of blessed Ursicinus, he was arrested by the ex-consul Paulinus, and after being racked, and thrown into a deep pit, was overwhelmed with earth and stones, and by this kind of martyrdom went to Christ.

At Milan, the martyr Saint Valeria, who was the wife of Saint Vitalis.

At Atinor, Saint Mark, who being made bishop by the blessed Apostle Peter, was the first to preach the Gospel to the inhabitants of that region, and received the crown of martyrdom in the persecution of Domitian, under the governor Maximus.

At Alexandria, the martyrdom of the virgin Saint Theodora. For refusing to sacrifice to idols, she was led to a place of debauch; but a Christian, named Didymus, through the admirable providence of God, delivered her by quickly exchanging garments with her. He was afterwards decapitated, and crowned with her in the persecution of Diocletian, under the governor Eustratius.

The same day, the saints Aphrodisius, Caralippus, Agapius, and Eusebius, martyrs.

In Pannonia, Saint Pollio, martyr, under the emperor Diocletian.

At Prusa, in Bithynia, the holy martyrs Patritius, bishop, Acatius, Menander, and Polyenus.

At Tarrazona, in Spain, Saint Prudentius, bishop and martyr.

At Pelino, in Abruzzo, Saint Pamphilus, bishop of Valva, illustrious by his charity towards the poor, and the gift of miracles. His body was buried at Solmona.

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