While the the Martyrology presented is complete, it nevertheless does not present us with great detail concerning the lives of those whose names are forever indited within it, still less the complete circumstances surrounding and leading up to their martyrdom. For greater detail of their lives, the sources now available on the Internet are extensive and we encourage you to explore them.2 As it stands, the Martyrology is eminently suited to a brief daily reflection that will inspire us to greater fervor, even to imitate these conspicuously holy men and women in whatever measure our own state in life affords us through the grace and providence of Almighty God. What more salutary and beneficial way to begin ones day, every day, than by the reading of, and asking intercession from, “the Martyrs whose blood is the seed of the Church”? 3
Beginning January 1st 2012 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God — we began presenting the Daily Martyrology on our home page. We hope that you will make new and holy acquaintances — and be inspired by their example to lead lives of heroic sanctity too ... the vocation to which all of us are called by our Holy Mother the Church, the Bride of Christ.
Omnes sancti Mártyres, oráte pro nobis. (“All ye Holy Martyrs, pray for us”, from the Litaniae Sanctorum, the Litany of the Saints)
The same day, St. Magnus,
In Tuscany, on Mount Senario blessed
Bonfilius, confessor, one of the seven founders of
the Order of the Servites of the blessed Virgin Mary, who,
herself, suddenly called her devout servant to heaven.
Omnes sancti Mártyres, oráte pro nobis. ("All ye Holy Martyrs, pray for us", from the Litaniae Sanctorum, the Litany of the Saints)
Answer. Thanks be to God.
131 Saints have been deleted from the Roman Martyrology by Pope Paul VI's motu proprio Mysterii Paschalis on 14 February 1969. The document states:
“It cannot be denied, however, that in the course of centuries the feasts of the saints have become more and more numerous. The Sacred Synod has therefore decreed: “Lest the feasts of the saints take precedence over the feasts which commemorate the very mysteries of salvation, many of them should be left to be celebrated by a particular Church or nation or religious community; only those should be extended to the universal Church which commemorate saints who are truly of universal significance.” (14) “ ... In order to execute this decision of the Ecumenical Council, the names of some saints have been removed from the universal Calendar, and the faculty has been given of re-establishing in regions concerned, if it is desired, the commemorations and cult of other saints. The suppression of reference to a certain number of saints who are not universally known has permitted the insertion, within the Roman Calendar, of names of some martyrs of regions where the proclaiming of the Gospel arrived at a later date. Thus, as representatives of their countries, those who have won renown by the shedding of their blood for Christ or by their outstanding virtues enjoy the same dignity in this same catalogue.
For these reasons we think that the new universal Calendar, prepared for the Latin rite, is more in harmony with the piety and the needs of our times, and that it better reflects the universality of the Church, in the sense that it proposes the names of the most important saints, who present to all the People of God a shining example of sanctity in a variety of ways. It is superfluous to say that this will contribute to the spiritual well-being of the entire Christian world. ... We establish that they will go into effect on January 1, 1970.”
Telephorus, 5 January, added in 1602 removed.
Hyginus, 11 January, added in the 12th century removed.
Paul, first hermit, 15 January, added in the 12th century, removed.
Maur, 15 January, added in the 12th century, removed.
Marcellus, 16 January, removed.
Prisca, 18 January, removed.
Maris, Martha, Abachum and Audifax, 19 January, removed.
Canute, 19 January, removed.
Anastasius, 22 January, added in the 12th century, removed.
Emerentiana, 23 January, added in the 9th century, removed.
Peter Nolasco, 28 January, added in 1664, removed.
2nd Feast of Agnes, 28 January, removed.
Martina, 30 January, added in 1635, removed.
Andrew Corsini, 4 February, added in 1666, removed.
Dorothy, 6 February, added in the 13th century, removed.
John of Matha, 8 February, added in 1679, removed.
Apollonia, 9 February, added in the 13th century, removed.
Valentine, 14 February, removed.
Faustinus and Jovita, 15 February, added in the 13th century, removed.
Simeon, 18 February, added in the 12th century, removed.
Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, 27 February, added in 1932, removed.
Lucius I, 4 March, added in 1602, removed.
Forty Martyrs, 10 March, added in the 12th century, removed.
Hermenegild, 13 April, added in 1632, removed.
Tiburtius, Valerian, and Maximus, 14 April, removed.
Anicetus, 17 April, added in the 12th century, removed.
Soter and Caius, 22 April, added in the 13th century, removed.
The Greater Litany, 25 April, removed.
Cletus and Marcellinus, 26 April, added in the 13th century, removed..
Peter of Verona, 29 April, added in 1586, removed.
Alexander, Eventius & Theodolus, Juvenal, 3 May removed.
Antoninus; Gordian and Epimachus, 10 May, removed.
Boniface (Martyr), 14 May, removed.
Ubald, 16 May, removed.
Paschal Baylon, 17 May, removed.
Venantius, 18 May, removed.
Peter Celestine; Pudentiana, 19 May, removed.
Urban I, 25 May, removed.
Eleuterius, 26 May, removed.
Felix I, 30 May, removed.
Petronilla, 31 May, removed.
Erasmus, 2 June, removed.
Francis Caracciolo, 4 June, removed.
Primus and Felician, 9 June, removed.
John of San Facundo; Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor and Nazarius, 12 June, removed.
Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia, 15 June, removed.
Gregory Barbarigo, 17 June, removed.
Mark and Marcellianus, 18 June, removed.
Juliana Falconieri; Gervase and Protase, 19 June, removed.
Silverius, 20 June, removed.
Vigil of the Nativity of John the Baptist, 23 June, removed.
William, 25 June, removed.
John and Paul, 26 June, removed.
Vigil of Peter and Paul, 28 June, removed.
Commemoration of Paul, 30 June, removed.
Processus and Martinian, 2 July, removed.
Seven Holy Brothers; Rufina and Secunda, 10 July, removed.
Pius I, 11 July, removed.
John Gualbert; Nabor and Felix, 12 July, removed.
Alexius, 17 July, removed.
Symphorosa and her seven Sons, 18 July, removed.
Margaret of Antioch, 20 July, removed.
Praxedes, 21 July, removed.
Apollinaris, 23 July, removed.
Liborius, 23 July, removed.
Christina 24 July, removed.
Christopher, 25 July, removed.
Pantaleon, 27 July, removed.
Nazarius and Celsus, Victor I, Innocent I, 28 July, removed.
Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus and Beatrice, 29 July, removed.
Abdon and Sennen, 30 July, removed.
Holy Machabees, 1 August, removed.
Stephen I, 2 August, removed.
Donatus, 7 August, removed.
Cyriacus, Largus and Smaragdus, 8 August, removed.
Romanus; Vigil of Laurence, 9 August, removed.
Tiburtius and Susanna, 11 August, removed.
Eusebius; Vigil of Assumption, 14 August, removed.
Hyacinth of Poland, 17 August, removed.
Agapitus, 18 August, removed.
Timothy and Companions, 22 August, removed.
Philip Benizi, 23 August, removed.
Zephyrinus, 26 August, removed.
Hermes, 28 August, removed.
Sabina, 29 August, removed.
Felix and Adauctus, 30 August, removed.
Raymond Nonnatus, 31 August, removed.
Giles; Twelve Holy Brothers, 1 September, removed.
Laurence Justinian, 5 September, removed.
Hadrian, 8 September, removed.
Gorgonius, 9 September, removed.
Nicholas of Tolentino, 10 September, removed.
Protus and Hyacinth, 11 September, removed.
Name of Mary, 12 September, duplicates Birth of Mary, removed.
Nicomedes, 15 September, removed.
Euphemia; Lucy and Geminianus, 16 September, removed.
Stigmata of Francis, 17 September, duplicates 4 October, removed.
Joseph of Cupertino, 18 September, removed.
Eustace and Companions, 20 September, removed.
Thomas of Villanova; Maurice and Companions, 22 September, removed.
Linus, Thecla; 23 September, removed.
Our Lady of Ransom, 24 September, removed.
Cyprian and Justina, 26 September, removed.
Remigius, 1 October, removed.
Placid and Companions, 5 October, removed.
Mark (Pope), 7 October, removed.
Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus, Apulleius, 8 October, removed.
Francis Borgia, 10 October, removed.
Edward, 13 October, removed.
Peter of Alcantara, 19 October, removed.
Hilarion; Ursula and Companions, 21 October, removed.
Chrysanthus and Daria, 25 October, removed.
Evaristus, 26 October, removed.
Vitalis and Agricola, 4 November, removed.
Holy Four Crowned Martyrs, 8 November, removed.
Theodore, 9 November, removed.
Andrew Avellino; Tryphon, Respicius and Nympha, 10 November, removed.
Mennas, 11 November, removed.
Didacus of Alcala, 13 November, removed.
Gregory Thaumaturgus, 17 November, removed.
Felix of Valois, 20 November, removed.
Felicitas, 23 November, removed.
Chrysogonus, 24 November, removed.
Catherine, 25 November, removed.
Saturninus, 29 November, removed.
Viviana, 2 December, removed.
Barbara, 4 December, removed.
Sabbas, 5 December, removed.
Melchiades, 10 December, removed.
Anastasia, 25 December, removed.
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