Roman Martyrology, April 7th

This Day, the Seventh Day of April

In Africa, the birthday of the holy martyrs Epiphanius, bishop, Donatus, Rufinus, and thirteen others.

At Sinope, in Pontus, two hundred holy martyrs.

In Cilicia, under the prefect Maximian, Saint Calliopius, martyr. After undergoing other torments, he was fastened to a cross with his head downward, and gained the noble crown of martyrdom.

At Nicomedia, Saint Cyriacus and ten other martyrs.

At Alexandria, Saint Peleusius, priest and martyr.

At Rome, Saint Hegesippus, who lived near the time of the Apostles. He came to Rome whilst Anicetus was Sovereign Pontiff, and remained till the accession of Eleutherius. He wrote the history of the Church in a simple style, from the Passion of our Lord to his own time, and delineated in his narrative the character of those whose lives he imitated.

At Verona, Saint Saturninus, bishop and confessor.

In Syria, in the time of Valens, Saint Aphraates, an anchoret, who defended the Catholic faith against the Arians by the power 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