Roman Martyrology, July 19th

This Day, the Nineteenth Day of July

Saint Vincent de Paul, confessor, who slept in the Lord on the 27th of September. Leo XIII declared him heavenly patron before the throne of God of all charitable organizations throughout the Catholic world owing in any manner their origin tohim.

The same day, the birthday of Saint Epaphras, whom the Apostle Saint Paul calls his fellow-prisoner. By the same Apostle he was consecrated bishop of Colossae, where becoming renowned for his virtues, he received the palm of martyrdom for defending courageously the flock committed to his charge. His body lies at Rome in the basilica of Saint Mary the Greater.

At Seville, in Spain, the martyrdom of the holy virgins Justa and Rufina. Arrested by the governor Diogenian, they were stretched on the rack and lacerated with iron claws, then imprisoned, and subjected to starvation and various tortures. Lastly Justa breathed her last in prison, and Rufina had her neck broken while confessing Christ.

At Cordova, Saint Aurea, virgin, who repented of a fault she had committed, and in a second combat overcame the enemy by the shedding of her blood.

At Treves, Saint Martin, bishop and martyr.

At Rome, Pope Saint Symmachus, who for a long time had much to bear from a faction of schismatics. At last, distinguished by holiness, he went to God.

At Verona, Saint Felix, bishop.

At Scete, a mountain in Egypt, Saint Arsenius, a deacon of the Roman church. In the time of Theodosius, he retired into a wilderness, where, endowed with every virtue and shedding continual tears, he yielded his soul to God.

In Cappadocia, the holy virgin Marcina, sister of Saint Basil the Great and Saint Gregory of Nyssa.

At Cordova in Spain, Saint Aura, virgin, the sister of the holy martyrs Adulphus and John. A Mohammedan judge had persuaded her to apostatize for a while, but quickly repenting of what she had done, in the second trial overcame the enemy by the shedding of her blood.

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