The Vigil of the Epiphany of Our Lord, Madonna dell’Abbondanza / Our Lady of Abundance, Cursi, Italy (1641) and Memorials of the Saints – 5 January

The Vigil of the Epiphany of Our Lord

Madonna dell’Abbondanza / Our Lady of Abundance, Cursi, Italy (1641) – 5 January:

Saint Telesphorus Pope Martyr (Died c 138)

Bl Alacrinus of Casamari
St Apollinaris Syncletica
St Cera of Kilkeary
Bl Convoyon of Redon
St Deogratias of Carthage (Died 457) Bishop
St Dorotheus the Younger

St Emiliana of Rome (6th Century) Virgin, Recluse, Mystic. Patronage – single laywomen. Aunt of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, who, shortly after her sister St Tarsilla, also returned to the Lord.
Her Story:

St Gaudentius of Gnesen (c 960-c 1004) Archbishop, Monk, Missionary, Brother of St Adalbert of Prague, Bishop Martyr.

St Gerlach (c 1100-c 1170) Hermit. Patronages – against cattle disease, against plague/epidemics, of domestic animals.
His Life:

St Kiara
St Lomer of Corbion
Bl Marcelina Darowska
Bl Paula of Tuscany
Bl Pietro Bonilli
St Simeon Stylites
St Syncletica
St Talida of Antinoë

Martyrs of Africa – 14 Saints: A group of Christians Martyred together in Africa, date unknown, exact location unknown. We know nothing more than their names – Acutus, Anastasia, Candidus, Coelifloria, Felix, Honorius, Januaria, Jucundus, Lucianus, Marcus, Petrus, Secundus, Severus and Telesphorus.

Martyrs of Sais: A group of Christians Martyred for their faith, but about whom no details have survived. They were Martyred by drowning near Sais, Egypt.

Martyrs of Upper Egypt: There were many Martyrs who suffered in the persecutions of Diocletian in the Thebaid region. Though we know these atrocities occurred, to the point that witnesses claim the torturers and executioners were exhausted by the work, we do not know the names of the saints and we honour them as a group. Many were beheaded and or burned alive in 303 in Upper Egypt.


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