Roman Martyrology, March 14th

This Day, the Fourteenth Day of March

At Rome, the birthday of forty-seven holy martyrs, who were baptized by the Apostle Saint Peter, whilst he was kept in the Mamertine prison with his fellow-Apostle Saint Paul. After a detention of nine months they all fell by the sword of Nero, after most generously confessing the faith.

Also, at Rome, Saint Leo, bishop and martyr.

In Africa, the holy martyrs Peter and Aphrodisius, who obtained the crown of martyrdom in the persecution of the Vandals.

At Carrhae, in Mesopotamia, the patrician Saint Eutychius and his companions, who were killed by Evelid, king of Arabia, for the confession of the faith.

In the province of Valeria, two saintly monks, who were hanged on a tree by the Lombards, and though dead, were heard singing psalms even by their enemies.

In the same persecution, a deacon of the church of Marsico was beheaded for the confession of the faith.

At Halberstadt, in Germany, the demise of the Blessed queen Matilda, mother of the emperor Otho I, celebrated for her humility and patience.

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