This Day, the Seventeenth Day of October
In Paray, in the diocese of Autun, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. She made her profession in the Visittion Order, and excelled with great merit in spreading devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and in furthering its public veneration.
The Feast of St. Hedwiges, widow, duchess of Poland, who went to her rest in the Lord on the 15th of this month.
At Antioch, the birthday of St. Heron, disciple of blessed Ignatius. Being made bishop after him, he religiously followed his master's footsteps, and, as a true lover of Christ, died for the flock entrusted to his keeping.
The same day, the martyrdom of the Saints Victor, Alexander, and Marian.
In Persia, St. Mamelta, martyr, who, being converted from idolatry to the faith by anangel, was stoned by the Gentiles and cast into a deep lake.
At Constantinople, during the reign of Constantine Copronymus, St. Andrew of Crete, a monk, who was often scourged for the worship of holy images, and finally, after having one of his feet cut off, breathed his last.
At Orange, in France, St. Florentinus, bishop, who died leaving a reputation for many virtues.
At Capua, St. Victor, a bishop, distinguished for erudition and sanctity.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
Omnes sancti Mártyres, oráte pro nobis. ("All ye Holy Martyrs, pray for us", from the Litaniae Sanctorum, the Litany of the Saints)
Response: Thanks be to God.