Roman Martyrology, February 23rd

This Day, the Twenty-Third Day of February

(In leap-year, the Vigil of Saint Matthias is not announced today, because it is transferred to the 24th)

The vigil of the Apostle Saint Matthias.

At Faenza, Saint Peter Damian, Cardinal bishop of Ostia, and Doctor of the Church, celebrated for learning and sanctity.

At Sirmium, Saint Sirenus, monk and martyr. By order of the emperor Maximian, he was arrested and beheaded, for confessing that he was a Christian.

In the same place, the birthday of seventy-two holy martyrs, who ended the combat of martyrdom in that city, and took possession of the everlasting kingdom.

At Rome, Saint Polycarp, priest, who with blessed Sebastian converted many to the faith of Christ, and by his exhortations led them to the glory of martyrdom.

In the city of Astorga, Saint Martha, virgin and martyr, under the emperor Decius, and the proconsul Paternus.

At Constantinople, Saint Lazarus, a monk whom the Iconoclast emperor Theophilus ordered to be put to the torture for having painted holy images. His hand was burned with a hot iron, but being healed by the power of God, he painted anew the holy pictures that had been defaced, and finally rested in peace.

At Berscia, Saint Felix, bishop.

At Seville, in Spain, Saint Florentius, confessor.

At Todi, Saint Romana, virgin, who was baptized by Pope Saint Sylvester. She led a Heavenly life in caves and dens, and wrought glorious miracles.

In England, Saint Milburga, virgin, daughter of the king of Mercia.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

(In leap-year, the 24th of February is announced in this manner: “The twenty-fourth day of February. The vigil of the Apostle Saint Matthias. Also, the commemoration of many holy martyrs, confessors and virgins.” On the 25th, read: (The twenty-fifth day of February,” and then: “In Judea, etc.” as marked for the 24th.)

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