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Optional Memorial of Saint Marcellinus and Saint Peter, Martyrs

Saint Erasmus

Also known as

Elmo, Eramo, Erarmo, Ermo, Herasmus, Rasimus, Rasmus, Telmo

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Bishop of Formiae, Campagna, Italy. He fled to Mount Lebanon in the persecutions of emperor Diocletian where he was fed by a raven so he could stay in hiding. Discovered by the authorities, he was imprisoned, but an angel rescued him. Recaptured, he was martyred. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. Namesake for the static electric discharge called Saint Elmo's Fire.

Died

disemboweled c.303 at Formiae, Italy

Patronage

• against appendicitis
• against birth pains
• against abdominal or stomach pains and diseases
• against colic
• against danger at sea
• against seasickness
• against storms
• ammunition, explosives and ordnance workers
• boatmen, mariners, sailors, watermen
• childbirth and women in labour
• navigators
• Gaeta, Italy

Representation

windlass

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-erasmus/


Saint Nicephorus of Constantinople

Also known as

Nikephoros

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Son of the secretary to Emperor Constantine Copronymus, a man tortured and exiled for refusing to accept iconclasm. Nicephorus was known as a scholar and eloquent speaker, and served as an imperial commissioner. Built a monastery near the Black Sea. A layman, he was chosen patriarch of Constantinople in 806. When he gave absolution to the priest who had illicitly married Emperor Constantine VI and Theodota while Constantine's wife Mary was still alive, Nicephorus fell into conflict with Saint Theodore Studites, but the two later reconciled. Nicephorus worked for a return to monastic discipline, reform of the administration of the diocese, and evangelization of the lay people. Brought Saint Methodius of Constantinople from his monastery on Chios to help. Opposed Emperor Leo the Armenian's attempt to return to iconoclasm, and was deposed by a synod of iconoclastic bishops. Several attempts were made his life, and he was exiled to the monastery he had built on the Black Sea. He spent his final 15 years there, praying and writing history and treatises against iconoclasm.

Born

758 in Constantinople

Died

2 June 828 of natural causes

Works

• Breviarum
• Chronographia


Blessed Sadoc of Sandomierz

Also known as

Sadoch, Zadoc, Zadok

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Studied at the University of Bologna, Italy. Dominican friar, receiving the habit from Saint Dominic de Guzman himself. At the General Chapter the Dominicans in Bologna in 1221, Sadoc was chosen to assist Master Paul of Hungary to establish a province in Hungary. Sadoc later moved on to Poland where he served as preacher for nearly forty years. In 1260 he and 48 Dominicans from Sandomierz were martyred by the Tartars as they were singing the Salve Regina at Compline; the custom of singing the Salve Regina at the deathbed of Dominicans stems from this incident.

Died

1260 at Sandomierz, Poland

Beatified

18 October 1807 by Pope Pius VII (cultus confirmation)

Prayers

Lord Jesus, in the midst of fierce attacks of the foe Blessed Sadoc and his companions greeted the Virgin Mary in song and received the longed-for palm of martyrdom. After this exile may your merciful and loving Mother show us to you, who live and reign in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. - Dominicans

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-sadoc/


Saint Peter the Exorcist

Also known as

• Peter Exorcista
• Peter the Deacon

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Exorcist in Rome, Italy. Helped convert Saint Artemius of Rome, Saint Candida of Rome, and Saint Paulina of Rome. Known for his piety and dedication to his work. Worked with and was martyred with Saint Marcellinus in the persecutions of Diocletian. His name is mentioned in the first Eucharistic prayer.

Born

imperial Roman citizen

Died

• 304 in the Silva Nigra just outside Rome, Italy
• buried in the Saints Marcellinus and Peter cemetery on the Lavican Road by Lucilla and Firmina
• Constantine built a basilica over their tomb
• relics later taken to Selgenstadt abbey by Einhard, Charlemagne's secretary
• skull enshrined in a reliquary in the Abbey of Saint Denis in 1665; reliquary melted and relics destroyed in 1794

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peter-the-exorcist/


Saint Marcellinus

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Priest in Rome, Italy. Noted for his piety. Martyred with Saint Peter the Exorcist in the persecutions of Diocletian. His name is mentioned in the first Eucharistic prayer.

Born

Roman citizen

Died

• 304 in the Silva Nigra just outside Rome, Italy
• buried in the Saints Marcellinus and Peter cemetery on the Lavican Road by Lucilla and Firmina
• Constantine built a basilica over their tomb
• relics later taken to Selgenstadt abbey by Einhard, Charlemagne's secretary

Representation

one of two priests standing together and holding palms of martyrdom

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marcellinus-2-june/


Blessed Guido of Acqui

Also known as

Guisto, Guy, Vido, Wido

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Born to the nobility; his father was the Count of Acquesana. Educated in Bologna, Italy. Bishop of Acqui, Monteferrato, Piedmont, Italy in March 1034 till his death 36 years later. Noted reformer, and remembered for his charity; he used much of his own wealth to support the local economy and end corruption. Promoted the education of women. Founded the convent of Santa Maria de Campis.

Born

c.1004

Died

• 2 June 1070 of natural causes
• interred in the cathedral of Saint Guisto, Susa, Italy

Beatified

1853 Pope Blessed Pius IX (cultus confirmed)

Patronage

• against famine
• diocese of Acqui, Italy
• Acqui Terme, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-guido-of-acqui/


Saint Nicholas Peregrinus

Also known as

• Nicholas the Pilgrim
• Nicola Pellegrino di Trani

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Moved from Greece to Apulia, Italy as a teenager where he wandered the streets carrying a cross and crying "Kyrie Eleison" ("Lord, have mercy"). Groups of children would follow him, also crying "Kyrie Eleison". Noted for his piety and personal holiness, but considered a lunatic by the locals. Many miracles reported at his tomb.

Born

1075 in Greece

Died

1094 in Trani, Italy of natural causes

Canonized

1098 by Pope Blessed Urban II

Patronage

Trani, Italy

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nicholas-peregrinus/


Saint Blandina the Slave

Also known as

Blandina of Lyon

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Slave. With several others, she was set upon by a pagan mob, arrested, tried and convicted of the crime of Christianity, along with a number of nonsense charges like cannibalism, during the persecutions of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. One of the Martyrs of Lyon and Vienne.

Died

• enmeshed in a net and given to a wild bull in 177 at Lyon (in modern France)
• body burned and the ashes thrown in the river
• what could be recovered is in the church of Saint-Leu, Amiens, France

Patronage

• falsely accused people
• girls
• torture victims
• Lyon, France

Representation

bull

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-blandina-the-slave/


Saint Daminh Ninh

Also known as

• Domenic Ninh
• Dominic Ninh

Additional Memorial

24 November as one of the Martyrs of Vietnam

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Christian peasant farmer in the apostolic vicariate of Central Tonkin (modern Vietnam). During the persecutions of emperor Tu-Duc, he was ordered to step on a crucifix to show his contempt for Christianity; he refused. Imprisoned, tortured and executed. Martyr.

Born

c.1835 in Trung Linh, Nam Dinh, Vietnam

Died

beheaded on 2 June 1862 in An Triêm, Nam Dinh, Vietnam

Canonization

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-daminh-ninh/


Pope Saint Eugene I

Also known as

Eugenius

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Son of Rufinianus. Priest as a young man. Known as a gentle and pious man, very generous to the poor. Vicar for Pope Saint Martin I during his exile. Elected 75th pope in 654. He opposed the heretical Monothelite Byzantine emperor; in return, the emperor threatened to roast the pope alive. Consecrated 21 bishops during his papacy.

Born

at Rome, Italy

Papal Ascension

• elected 10 August 654
• ascended in 655

Died

• June 657 of natural causes
• buried in Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-eugene-i/


Saint Photinus of Lyons

Also known as

Pothin, Pothinus

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Bishop of Lyons, France. At age 90 he was one of a group of 48 Christians from the areas of Vienne and Lyon in France, who were attacked by a pagan mob, arrested and tried for their faith, and murdered in the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius. A letter describing their fate, possibly written by Saint Irenaeus of Lyons, was sent to the churches in the Middle East.

Died

of general abuse and neglect while in prison in 177 in Lugdunum, Gaul (modern France)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-photinus-of-lyons/


Blessed Demetrios of Philadelphia

Also known as

Demetrius, Dimitrios, Dimitri

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Son of an Orthodox priest, at age 13 Demetrios converted from Christianity to Islam. However, by age 25 he realized his error and returned to Christianity. Kidnapped as he approached a church, he was beaten, tortured, mutilated and finally murdered by Turkish Muslims who insisted that he renounce Christianity. Martyr.

Died

feet cut off then thrown alive into a fire in 1567 in Philadelphia, Lydia (modern Alasehir, Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-demetrios-of-philadelphia/


Saint Stephen of Sweden

Also known as

• Stephen of Corbie
• Stephen of Corvey

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Monk at New Corbie monastery, Saxony. Priest. Missionary bishop to Sweden. Achieved many conversions, and was the first to bring Christianity to the area between Denmark and Sweden. Murdered by worshippers of the pagan god Woden. Martyr.

Born

11th century

Died

1075 near Nora, Uppsala region of Sweden

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-stephen-of-sweden/


Blessed Joseph Tien

Also known as

Thao Tien

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Priest in the apostolic vicariate of Thanh Hoá (in modern Laos). Martyr.

Born

5 December 1918 in Ban Ten, Muang Xôi, Houaphan, Laos

Died

2 June 1954 in Ban Talang, Houaphan, Laos

Beatified

• 11 December 2016 by Pope Francis
• beatification recognition celebrated in Vientiane, Laos, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-joseph-tien/


Saint Adalgis of Thiérarche

Also known as

• Adalgis of Novara
• Adelgis, Algis, Algise

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Monk. Spiritual student of Saint Fursey of Peronne. Missionary in the area of Arras and Laon, France. Founded a monastery in the forest around Thiérarche, Picardy; the village of Saint Algis grew up around it.

Born

7th century Ireland

Died

686 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-adalgis-of-thierarche/


Saint Dorotheus of Rome

Also known as

Doroteo

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Executioner who killed Saint Marcellinus and Saint Peter the Exorcist; he saw their souls leave the bodies and ascend to heaven. He converted to Christianity and did penance for his previous life and the murder of the saints.

Born

late 2nd century in Rome, Italy

Died

c.350

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-dorotheus-of-rome/


Blessed Giovanni de Barthulono

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Born to an illustrious Italian family. Mercedarian. Ransomed 49 Christians who had been enslaved in Africa. Noted for his personal piety and virtue.

Died

1500 in Trapani, Italy of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-giovanni-de-barthulono/


Saint Juan de Ortega

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Priest in the diocese of Burgos, Spain. Pilgrim to Palestine, Rome, Italy, and Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Lived as a hermit near Burgos. Helped Saint Dominic de la Calzada build roads, bridges, hospices, etc. to improve the region and bring services to those in rural areas.

Died

c.1150 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-de-ortega/


Saint Biblis of Lyons

Also known as

Biblides

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Tortured to admit to the crime of cannibalism, a slur often ascribed to early Christians. Martyred with 45 other Christians in the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius. One of the Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne.

Died

177 at Lyons, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-biblis-of-lyons/


Saint Alexander of Vienne

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Physician in Vienne, Gaul. Adult convert to Christianity. Friend of Saint Pothinus. Arrested for his faith during the persecutions of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, he was tortured and executed. One of the Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne.

Died

177

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-alexander-of-vienne/


Saint Dictinus of Astorga

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A supporter of the Priscillianist heresy, he was brought back to orthodox Christianity by Saint Ambrose, renouncing his errors at the Council of Toledo in 400. Bishop of Astorga, Spain.

Died

420

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-dictinus-of-astorga/


Saint Bodfan of Wales

Also known as

Bobouan, Boduan

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Seventh century monk at Beaumaris, Wales.

Patronage

• Abergwyngregyn, Wales
• Abern, Wales

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bodfan-of-wales/


Saint Armin of Egypt

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Venerated in Egypt and Ethiopia, but no details of him have survived.

Died

c.304

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-armin-of-egypt/


Saint Ada of Ethiopia

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Martyr.

Died

Ethiopia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ada-of-ethiopia/


Saint Barbarinus

Also known as

Barbarunus

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Priest. Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-barbarinus/


Saint Honorata

Also known as

Honoratus

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Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-honorata/


Saint Evasius

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Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-evasius/


Saint Humatus

Profile

Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-humatus/


Saint Rogate

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Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rogate/


Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne

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A group of 48 Christians from the areas of Vienne and Lyon, France, who were attacked by a pagan mob, arrested and tried for their faith, and murdered in the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius. A letter describing their fate, possibly written by Saint Irenaeus of Lyons, was sent to the churches in the Middle East. Only a few names and details of their lives have surived; some of them have separate entries on this date -

Alexander of Vienne
Attalus of Pergamos
Biblis of Lyons
Blandina the Slave
Cominus of Lugdunum
Epagathus of Lugdunum
Maturus the Novice
Photinus of Lyons
Ponticus of Lugdunum
Sanctius of Vienne
Vettius of Lugdunum

Died

assorted dates and methods during 177

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-lyons-and-vienne/


Martyrs of Sandomierz

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A group of 49 Dominicans, some of whom received the habit from Saint Dominic de Guzman himself. They worked separately and together to bring the faith and establish the Dominican Order in Poland, basing their operations in and around Sandomierz. In 1260 they were all martyred by the Tartars as they were singing the Salve Regina at Compline; the custom of singing the Salve Regina at the deathbed of Dominicans stems from this incident.

We know a few details about a few of the martyrs, but most survive only as names -

Zadok
• Andrea, chaplain
• James, novice master
• Malachi, convent preacher
• Paul, vicar
• Peter, guardian of the garden
• Simone, penitentiary

friars
• Abel, Barnabas, Bartholomew, Clemente, Elia, John, Luke, Matthew, Philip

deacons
• Giuseppe, Joachim, Stefano

sub-deacons
• Abraham, Basil, Moses, Taddeo

clerics
• Aaron, Benedict, David, Dominico, Mattia, Mauro, Michele, Onofrio, Timothy

professed students
• Christopher, Donato, Feliciano, Gervasio, Gordian, John, Mark, Medardo, Valentino

novices
• Daniele, Isaiah, Macario, Raffaele, Tobia

lay brothers
• Cyril, tailor
• Jeremiah, shoemaker
• Thomas, organist

Died

1260 at Sandomierz, Poland

Beatified

18 October 1807 by Pope Pius VII (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-sandomierz/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Madonna of the Tears
• Martyrs of Rome
• Conall of Drumcliff


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