Roman Martyrology, July 7th

This Day, the Seventh Day of July

The holy bishops Cyril and Methodius, who are mentioned on the 9th of March.

At Rome, the holy martyrs Claudius, notary, Nicostratus, assistant prefect, Castorius, Victorinus, and Symphorian, who were brought to the faith of Christ by Saint Sebastian, and baptized by the blessed priest Polycarp. Whilst they were engaged in searching for the bodies of the holy martyrs, the judge Fabian had them arrested, and for ten days he tried by threats and caresses to shake their constancy, but being utterlyunable to succeed, he ordered them to be thrice tortured, and then precipitated into the sea.

At Durazzo, in Macedonia, the holy martyrs Peregrinus, Lucian, Pompeius, Hesychius, Papius, Saturninus, and Germanus, natives of Italy. In the persecution of Trajan, they took refuge in the town of Durazzo, where seeing the saintly bishop Astius hanging on a cross for the faith of Christ, they publicly declared themselves to be Christians, when, by order of the governor, they were arrested and cast into the sea.

At Perugia, blessed Benedict XI, a native of Treviso of the Order of Preachers, who in the brief space of his pontificate, greatly promoted the peace of the Church, the restoration of discipline and the spread of religion.

At Alexandria, the birthday of Saint Pantaenus, an apostolic man, filled with wisdom. He had such an affection and love for the word of God, and was so inflamed with the ardor of faith and devotion, that he set out to preach the gospel of Christ to the Gentiles inhabiting the farthest recesses of the East. At length returning to Alexandria, he rested in peace, under Antoninus Caracalla.

At Brescia, Saint Apollonius, bishop and confessor.

In Saxony, Saint Willibald, first bishop of Eichstadt, son of Saint Richard, king of England, and brother of Saint Walburga, virgin, who labored with Saint Boniface in preaching the Gospel, and converted many nations to Christ.

At Clermont, in Auvergne, Saint Illidius, bishop.

At Urgel, in Spain, Saint Odo, bishop.

In England, Saint Hedda, bishop of the West-Saxons.

At Gray, in Burgundy, blessed Peter Fourier, Canon Regular of the most holy Saviour, renowned for virtues and miracles.

In England, Saint Edelburga, virgin, daughter of an English king.

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