29th September (NS) — 16th September (OS):
- ABUNDIUS, ABUNDANTIUS, MARCIAN, and JOHN, according to tradition SS. Abundius (a priest) and Abundantius (his deacon) had been condemned to death under Diocletian. On their way to execution they met St. Marcian, who was on his way to bury his recently deceased son St. John. St. Abundius prayed over St. John, raising him from the dead. This miracle caused both SS. Marcian and John to embrace Christianity, and they were immediately baptised. All four were subsequently beheaded circa A.D. 303. Marcian is one of the 140 Colonnade saints which adorn St. Peter's Square.
- CORNELIUS, the twenty-first Pope of Rome (A.D. 251 – 253). The leading issues of his papacy were how the Church should respond to those who apostatised during persecution, but wished to return to the Church, and the Novatian Schism. Pope St. Cornelius was exiled (circa A.D. 252) to Centumcellae (present-day Civitavecchia north-west of Rome), where he reposed A.D. 253. Early records state he died from the hardships experienced in his exile, however, later sources claim he was beheaded.
- CUNIBERT, the ninth Bishop of Cologne from A.D. 627 until his repose A.D. 663. Prior to his elevation to the episcopacy St. Cunibert served as Archdeacon of Trier.
- CYPRIAN, born in North Africa, Thascius Cecilianus Cyprianus was a lawyer who was converted to Christianity at about the age of forty-six. Two years after his baptism, St. Cyprian was ordained to the priesthood, and shortly thereafter consecrated Bishop of Carthage (A.D. 248). St. Cyprian was an important figure on the side of Pope St. Cornelius (vide supra) during the Novatian Schism. A prolific author, St. Cyprian wrote a myriad of theological treatises, De Unitate Catholicae Ecclesiae undoubtedly being the most important of his works. One of the greatest of the Church Fathers, St. Cyprian was known for his compassion and fervour as a pastor. He was forced into hiding during the persecution under Decius, but was later found and beheaded (A.D. 258).
- DULCISSIMA, (Date Unknown), a virgin-martyr of whom nothing is known beyond her being patron saint of Sutri in present-day Italy.
- EDITH of WILTON, St. Edith of Wilton was the daughter of King St. Edgar the Peaceful (8th July) and St. Wilfrida (13th September). She received monastic tonsure at Wilton at the age of fifteen, and devoted her life to the care of the sick and the poor. Though it was offered many times, she refused the position of abbess. Her repose, foretold by St. Dunstan (19th May), occurred at the early age of twenty-three (A.D. 984) and she was buried at Wilton in the new church of St. Denis. Goscelin of Canterbury wrote that about thirteen years after her repose St. Edith is said to have appeared to several people to enjoin them to exhume her incorrupt relics. This was done, and her relics were found to be incorrupt. Her relics were reinterred, though her thumb was enshrined separately and became an important relic. Goscelin went on to tell how King Canute encountered a terrible storm whilst crossing from England to Denmark; he sought St. Edith’s intercession and the storm calmed. Upon his return to England, King Canute made a pilgrimage to Wilton to give thanks, and commanded that a golden shrine to St. Edith be erected there. Allusions to numerous other, but unspecified, miracles are credited to St. Edith in various hagiographies, and a considerable number of churches throughout England are dedicated to her.
- EUGENIA, daughter of Adalbert, Duke of Alsace, and the successor of her aunt, St. Odilia (13th December), as Abbess of Hohenburg (Abbaye de Hohenbourg) on Mont Sainte-Odile in present-day Alsace France. St. Eugenia reposed A.D. 735.
- LUCY and GEMINIAN, (Late Third Century), these saints have been venerated as martyrs under Diocletian since ancient times. However, all that is known of them is from pious legend. It is highly likely that this St. Lucy is the same as St. Lucy of Syracuse (13th December), and St. Geminian a fictional character.
- LUDMILLA, a Bohemian princess and grandmother of St. Wenceslas (28th September), following the untimely repose of her husband, St. Ludmilla led an austere, pious life and continued to be concerned for the Church. However, following the death of her son and successor of her husband, her daughter-in-law, Dragomira, sought to use her influence over the young and inexperienced St. Wenceslas to re-introduce pagan customs back into the country. This, naturally, was met with oposition by St. Ludmilla, and Dragomira eventually sent two assassins to murder her, which they did, whilst St. Ludmilla was at prayer in her home in Techin, A.D. 921. Her relics were intially buried at Techin in the city wall, and numerous healings occurred at her grave, St. Wenceslas, later had her relics translated to church of St George in Prague.
- ROGELIUS and SERVUS-DEI, St. Rogelius a monk, and St. Servus-Dei, his spiritual child, and possible Cell Attendant, were martyred in Córdoba (A.D. 852) for publicly denouncing Islam (the official charge being blasphemy). They were the first martyrs under the Emir Muhammad I of Córdoba and are counted amongst the forty-eight Christians known as the Martyrs of Cordoba.
- ALARICUS (ADALRICUS, ADALRAI), a son of Duke Burkhard II of Swabia, who was educated at Einsiedeln Abbey in Switzerland. Following the completion of his studies, St. Alaricus received monastic tonsure at Einsiedeln, later living as an anchorite on Ufenau Island in Lake Zurich until his repose A.D. 975.
- CATHOLDUS, ANNO, and DIETHARDUS, eighth century monks who evangelised the region of Eichstätt in Bavaria.
- FRATEMUS, seventh Bishop of Auxerre in Burgundy, and believed to have been martyred circa A.D. 450.
- LIUTWIN, founder of the double monastery of SS. Peter and Mary at Mettlach in Saarland (30 km / 19 mi south of Trier) circa A.D. 690. St. Liutwin served as the 35th Bishop of Trier (circa A.D. 697 – circa A.D. 718). St. Liutwin reposed circa A.D. 722, and was buried at the Abbey of SS. Peter and Mary in Mettlach.
* - Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church. As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said "The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."
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