Roman Martyrology, May 4th

This Day, the Fourth Day of May

At Ostia, the birthday of Saint Monica, mother of blessed Augustine, who has left us in the ninth book of his Confessions a beautiful sketch of her life.

At the metal mines of Phennes, in Palestine, the birthday of the blessed Silvanus, bishop of Gaza, who was crowned with martyrdom with many of his clerics by the command of Caesar Galerius Maximian, in the persecution of Diocletian.

Also, thirty-nine holy martyrs, who were beheaded together after having been condemned to work in the same mines, to be branded with a hot iron, and to undergo other torments.

At Jerusalem, in the reign of Julian the Apostate, Saint Cyriacus, bishop, who was murdered as he was visiting the holy places.

In Umbria, Saint Porphyry, martyr.

At Nicomedia, the birthday of Saint Antonia, martyr, who, for the confession of Christ, was cruelly tortured, subjected to diverse torments, suspended by one arm for three days, kept two years in prison, and finally delivered to the flames by the governor Priscillian.

At Lorch, in Austria, under the emperor Diocletian and the governor Aquilinus, the martyr Saint Florian, who was precipitated into the river Enns, with a stone tied to his neck.

At Tarsus, Saint Pelagia, virgin, who endured martyrdom under Diocletian by being shut up within a red-hot brazen ox.

At Cologne, Saint Paulinus, martyr.

At Milan, Saint Venerius, bishop, whose virtues are attested by Saint John Chrysostom in the epistle which he wrote to him.

In the province of Perigord, Saint Sacerdos, bishop of Limoges.

At Hildesheim, in Saxony, Saint Godard, bishop and confessor, ranked among the Saints by Innocent II.

At Auxerre, Saint Curcodomus, deacon.

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