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In Judea, the birthday of St. Matthias the Apostle. After the Ascension of our Lord, the Apostles chose him, by lot, to fill the place of Judas the traitor, and he suffered martyrdom for the preaching of the Gospel.

At Rome, St. Primitiva, martyr.

At Rouen, the passion of St. Praetextatus, bishop and martyr.

At Caesarea in Cappadocia, St. Sergius, martyr, of whose life a beautiful account still exists. In Africa, the holy martyrs Montanus, Lucius, Julian, Victoricus, Flavian, and their companions. They were disciples of St. Cyprian and suffered martyrdom under Emperor Valerian.

At Treves, St. Modestus, bishop and confessor.

At Stylo in Calabria, St. John Therestus, noted for his sanctity, and his high regard for the monastic life. In England, St. Ethelbert, ruler of Kent, converted to the faith of Christ by the English bishop, St. Augustine.

At Jerusalem, the finding for the first time of the head of St. John the Baptist, Precursor of the Lord.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.