Roman Martyrology, February 25th

This Day, the Twenty-Fifth Day of February

In Egypt, in the time of the emperor Maximian, the birthday of the holy martyrs Victorinus, Victor, Nicephorus, Claudian, Dioscorus, Serapion, and Papias, under the emperor Numerian. The first two, having borne with constancy torments of refined cruelty for the confession of the faith, were beheaded. Nicephorus, after having been laid on a heated gridiron and on the fire, was hacked into small pieces. Claudian and Dioscorus were burned alive; Serapion and Papias were killed with the sword.

In Africa, the holy martyrs Donatus, Justus, Herena, and their companions.

At Rome, the birthday of Pope Saint Felix III, great-grandfather of Saint Gregory the Great, who relates of him that he appeared to Saint Tharsilla, his niece, and called her to the kingdom of Heaven.

At Constantinople, Saint Tharasius, bishop, a man of great erudition and piety, to whom is addressed an epistle of Pope Adrian I, in defense of holy images.

At Nazianzus, Saint Caesarius, whom his brother blessed Gregory the Theologian, says he saw among the hosts of the Blessed.

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