Roman Martyrology, May 6th

This Day, the Sixth Day of May

At Rome, the feast of Saint John before the Latin Gate. Being bound and brought to Rome from Ephesus by the order of Domitian, he was condemned by the Senate to be cast, near the said gate, into a vessel of boiling oil, from which he came out more healthy and vigorous than before.

At Antioch, Saint Evodius, who, as the blessed Ignatius wrote to the people of Antioch, was consecrated first bishop of that city by the Apostle Saint Peter, and ended his life by a glorious martyrdom.

At Cyrene, Saint Lucius, bishop, who is mentioned by Saint Luke, in the Acts of the Apostles.

In Africa, the holy martyrs Heliodorus and Venustus, with seventy-five others.

In Cyprus, Saint Theodotus, bishop of Cyrinia, who having undergone grievous afflictions under the emperor Licinius, at length yielded his soul to God, when peace was restored to the Church.

At Damascus, the birthday of the blessed John Damascene, renowned for sanctity and learning, who, by both the written and the spoken word, courageously resisted Leo the Isaurian, in defending the worship paid to sacred images. By order of this emperor his right hand was cut off, but commending himself to an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which he had defended, his hand was immediately restored to him entire and sound.

At Carrhae, in Mesopotamia, Saint Protogenes, bishop.

In England, Saint Eadbert, bishop of Lindisfarne, eminent for doctrine and piety.

At Rome, Saint Benedicta, virgin.

At Salerno, the Translation of Saint Matthew, Apostle. His sacred body previously transferred from Ethiopia to various countries, was finally taken to Salerno, and there with great pomp placed in a church dedicated under his invocation.

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