Roman Martyrology, November 9th

This Day, the Ninth Day of November

At Rome, the dedication of the Basilica of our Saviour.

At Amasea, in Pontus, the birthday of Saint Theodore, a soldier, in the time of the emperor Maximian. For the confession of Christ, he was severely scourged and sent to prison, where he was comforted by an apparition of our Lord, who exhorted him to act with courage and constancy. He was finally stretched on the rack, lacerated with iron hooks till his intestines were laid bare, and then cast into the flames to be burned alive. His glorious deeds have been celebrated in a magnificent oration by Saint Gregory of Nyssa.

At Tyana, in Cappadocia, the martyrdom of Saint Orestes, under the emperor Diocletian.

At Thessalonica, Saint Alexander, martyr, during the reign of Maximian.

At Bourges, Saint Ursinus, confessor, who was ordained at Rome by the successors of the Apostles and appointed first bishop of that city.

At Naples, in Campania, Saint Agrippinus, a bishop renowned for miracles.

At Constantinople, the holy virgins Eustolia, a native of Rome, and Sopatra, daughter of the emperor Maurice.

At Berytus, in Syria, the Commemoration of the Image of our Saviour, which being fastened to a cross by the Jews, poured out blood so copiously that the Eastern and Western Churches received abundantly of it.

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