Interim Saints - March 11th
GORGO, martyr (date unknown)
At Tours, on this day is celebrated the festival of S. gorgo the
martyr, whose body, found at Rome, on the Appian Way, near that of S.
Cecilia, was transported to the great monastery of Tours in 847, and on
the way worked many miracles of healing.
ALBERTA, virgin and martyr (A.D. 286)
Alberta, the sister of S. Faith in blood and religion, and one of the
first martyrs of the Agenois, earned the double crown of virginity and
VINCENT, abbot and martyr (about A.D. 555)
When the Vandals overran Spain . . . the Arians drew Vincent, abbot of
S. Claudius, before the prince, charging him with contempt of the laws
made against the Catholics. He boldy proclaimed the divinity of Jesus
Christ before the king, and was . . . condemned to death.
CONSTANTINE, king, monk and martyr (about A.D. 576)
Constantine, son of Padarn, king of Cornwall, was married to the
daughter of the king of Brittany, but had the misfortune to lose his
wife by death . . . entered a monastery . . . Now, when he was very
old, he went a mission into Kintyre, where he was assailed by the
heathen, who knocked him down and cut off his right arm. Aving called
his brethren about him, and blessed them, he gently bled to death. He
is regarded as the first martyr of Scotland.
SOPHRONIUS, Patriarch of Jerusalem (A.D. 638)
Sophronius, surnamed the Sophist, was the son of pious parents at
Damascus . . . He held a synod at Jerusalem, against the Monothelites,
and drew up a synodal letter on that occasion, which was sent to pope
VINDICIAN, Bishop of Arras (about A.D. 712)
This saint was a disciple of S. Elegius. He was born at Bulcourt, in
Bapaume, about the year 620 . . . His relics are preserved in the
cathedral of Arras.
EUTHYMIUS, martyr, Bishop of Sardis (about A.D. 827)
S. Euthymius, bishop of Sardis, was one of the most zealous defenders
against the Iconoclastic emperors . . . when Euthemius protested . . .
he was cast into a noisome dungeon, and afterwards, by the emperors's
orders, was brought out and stretched on the ground, with his hands and
feet attached to posts, at the utmost distention possible, and then was
cut and lashed with cow-hide scourges, till he died.
ANGUS OF KELD, bishop and abbot (about 824)
Angus, surnamed Kel-Dhu, a man of great love and fervour in the service
of God, was born in Ireland in the eighth century . . . S. Angus is
regarded as one of the most famous writers of Ireland. He composed a
metrical martyrology, and five books of lives of the saints of Ireland,
together with other treatises.
EULOGIUS, priest and martyr (A.D. 859)
Eulogius belonged to one of the principal families of Cordova, then in
the hands of the Moors . . . He was ordered to execution [for
concealing a girl who had converted to Christianity] and was
decapitated on Saturday, March 11th, 859.
PETER THE SPANIARD, hermit (date uncertain)
His parents having insisted on his marriage, he yielded with great
repugnance . . . The marriage ceremony took place, and when the banquet
was over, he retired to the bridal chamber, where he saw the fair young
girl who had given him her hand lying asleep on the bed. She looked so
pure and innocent in her slumber, that he gazed on her with reverence,
and kneeling at her feet, prayed long and earnestly; and then stealing
away, left the house, and fled the country.
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