Roman Martyrology, February 2nd

This Day, the Second Day of February

The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, called by the Greeks Hypapante (meeting) of the Lord.

At Rome, on the Salarian road, the passion of Saint Apronian, a notary. Whilst he was yet a Gentile, and was leading Saint Sisinius out of prison, to present him before the governor Laodicius, he heard a voice from Heaven saying, “Come ye, the blessed of my Father, possess the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world.” At once he believed, was baptized, and after confessing our Lord, received sentence of death.

Also, at Rome, the holy martyrs Fortunatus, Felician, Firmus and Candidus.

At Caesarea, in Palestine, Saint Cornelius, a centurion, whom the blessed Apostle Peter baptized, and raised to the episcopal dignity in that city.

At Orleans, the holy bishop Flosculus.

At Canterbury, in England, the birthday of Saint Lawrence, bishop, who succeeded Saint Augustine in the government of that church, and converted the king himself to the faith.

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