Sts. Marius, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum, Martyrs

marius-martha-audifax-and-abachum-02Station at the Cemetery at Nymphas; this group of Persian martyrs, consisting of husband, wife, and two sons, were originally buried ad nymphas Catabassi.  They came to Rome under the Emperor Claudius II and visited Christians cast into prison.  The Mass for their feast is very ancient and in excellent liturgical form.

Taken from: Butler’s Lives of the Saints

St. Canute, King Martyr

10-st-canute-king-of-denmark-martyrSt. Canute (died 1086), King of Denmark, by his zeal for the Faith made enemies who put him to death in the Church of St. Alban.  Pope Benedict XV adorned his altar in the Church of St. Mary in Trastevere (Rome) with artistic candelabra.

(Source: Fr. Lasance, The New Roman Missal)