Roman Martyrology, May 20th

This Day, the Twentieth Day of May

At Aquila, in Abruzzo, Saint Bernardine of Siena, of the Order of Friars Minor, who ennobled Italy by his preaching and example.

At Rome, on the Salarian road, the birthday of Saint Basilla, virgin, who was of royal race and betrothed to an illustrious personage. As she refused to marry him, he accused her of being a Christian. The emperor Gallienus gave orders that she should accept him or die by the sword. Answering that she had for her spouse the King of kings, she was transpierced with a sword.

At Nimes, in France, Saint Baudelius, martyr. Being arrested, but refusing to sacrifice to idols, and remaining immovable in the faith of Christ, notwithstanding blows and tortures, he gained the palm of martyrdom by a precious death.

At Edessa, in Syria, the holy martyrs Thalalaeus, Asterius, Alexander, and their companions, who suffered under the emperor Numerian.

In Thebais, Saint Aquila, martyr to the faith, whose body was torn with iron combs.

At Bourges, in France, Saint Austregisil, bishop and confessor.

At Brescia, Saint Anastasius, bishop.

At Pavia, Saint Theodore, bishop.

At Rome, Saint Plautilla, wife of an ex-consul and mother of the blessed Flavia Domitilla. She was baptized by the Apostle Saint Peter, and after giving the example of all virtues, rested in peace.

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