Roman Martyrology, July 20th

This Day, the Twentieth Day of July

The festival of Saint Jerome Aemiliani, confessor, founder of the Congergation of Somascha. Gaining renown for many miracles during his life and after his death, he was inscribed among the beatified by Benedict XIV, and canonized by Clement XIII.

At Antioch, Saint Margaret, virgin and martyr.

On Mount Carmel, the holy prophet Elias.

The same day, the birthday of blessed Joseph, surnamed the Just, whom the Apostles selected with blessed Matthias for the Apostleship, in the place of the traitor Judas. The lot having fallen upon Matthias, Joseph, notwithstanding, continued to preach and to advance in virtue, and after having sustained from the Jews many persecutions for the faith of Christ, happily ended his life in Judea. It is related of him that having drunk poison, he received no injury from it, because of his confidence in the Lord.

At Damascus, the holy martyrs Sabinus, Julian, Maximus, Macrobius, Cassia, and Paula, with ten others.

At Cordova, Saint Paul, deacon and martyr. For rebuking Muslim princes for their impiety and cruelty, and preaching Christ courageously, he was put to death, and went to his reward in heaven.

In Portugal, Saint Wilgefortes, virgin and martyr, who merited the crown of martyrdom on a cross in defense of the faith and her chastity.

At Boulogne, in France, the abbot Saint Wulmar, a man of admirable sanctity.

At Treves, Saint Severa, virgin.

The same day, the birthday of Saint Flavian II, bishop of Antioch, and Saint Elias, bishop of Jerusalem. They were driven into exile by Emperor Anastasius for their defense of the Council of Chalcedon, and there they went victoriously to the Lord.

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