Roman Martyrology, June 22nd

This Day, the Twenty-Second Day of June

At Nola, in Campania, the birthday of blessed Paulinus, bishop and confessor, who, although a most noble and wealthy man, made himself poor and humble for Christ; and what is still more admirable, became a slave to liberate a widow’s son, who had been carried to Africa by the Vandals, when they devastated Campania. He was celebrated, not only for his learning and exceptional holiness of life, but also for his power over the demons. His great merit has been extolled by Saints Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine and Gregory, in their writings. His body, at first transferred to Benevento, and thence to Rome, was restored to Nola by order of Pius X.

At Rome, blessed Innocent V, Pope, who labored with mildness and prudence to maintain liberty for the Church and harmony among Christians. The veneration paid to him, Pope Leo XIII approved and confirmed.

On Mount Ararat, the martyrdom of ten thousand holy martyrs, who were crucified.

At Verulam, in England, in the time of Diocletian, Saint Alban, martyr, who gave himself up to save a cleric whom he had harbored. After being scourged and subjected to bitter torments, he was sentenced to capital punishment. With him suffered also one of the soldiers that led him to execution, who was converted to Christ on the way, and merited to be baptized, in his own blood.

At Samaria, fourteen hundred and eighty holy martyrs, under Chosroes, king of Persia.

At Rome, the translation of Saint Flavius Clemens, ex-consul and martyr, who was put to death for the faith of Christ by the emperor Domitian. His body was found in the basilica of Pope Saint Clement, and buried there with great pomp.

The same day, Saint Nicaeas, bishop of the town of Bomatia, celebrated for his learning and holy life.

At Naples, in Campania, Saint John, bishop, who was called to the kingdom of heaven by blessed Paulinus, bishop of Nola.

In the monastery of Cluny, Saint Consortia, virgin.

At London in England, on Tower Hill, Saint John Fisher, bishop of Rochester and cardinal of the Holy Roman Church. For the defense of the Catholic faith and the primacy of the Roman Pontiff he was beheaded by order of King Henry VIII.

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