Roman Martyrology, June 28th

This Day, the Twenty-Eighth Day of June

The vigil of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul.

At Rome, Pope Saint Leo II.

At Lyons, in France, Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr, who, as is related by Saint Jerome, was the disciple of blessed Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, and lived near the time of the Apostles. After having strenuously opposed the heretics by speech and writing, he was crowned with a glorious martyrdom, with almost all the people ofhis city, during the persecution of Severus.

At Alexandria, in the same persecution of Severus, the holy martyrs Plutarch, Serenus, Heraclides, catechumen, Heron, neophyte, another Serenus, Rhais, catechumen, Potamicena and Marcella, her mother. Among them, the virgin Potamioena is particularly distinguished. She first endured many most painful trials for the preservation of her virginity, and then cruel and unheard-of torments for the faith, after which she and her mother were consumed with fire.

The same day, during the persecution of Diocletian, Saint Papius, martyr, who was scourged with knotted cords, cast into a caldron of seething oil and grease, and after other horrible torments, was decapitated, and thus won an eternal crown.

At Maestricht, Saint Benignus, bishop and martyr.

At Cordova, Saint Argymirus, monk and martyr, who was slain for the faith of Christ during the persecution of the Arabs.

At Rome, Saint Paul, Pope and confessor.

At Utrecht, Saint Benignus, bishop and martyr.

At Lovere, in the diocese of Brescia, Saint Vincenza Gerosa, virgin, who co-founded the Institute of the Sisters of Charity with Saint Bartolomea Capitanio, and whom Pope Pius XII added to the list of holy virgins.

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