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St Theodulus and Julian, Martyrs

St. Theodulus and St. Julian suffered at Caesarea in Palestine immediately after the five Egyptians commemorated on the 16th, but they are mentioned under this date in the Roman Martyrology. Theodulus, a wise and pious old man, occupied one of the most honourable positions in the household of Firmilian, the governor of Palestine, who held him in great esteem. After witnessing the fortitude and patience of the five saints, he visited the prison and

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Blessed Onesimus, Martyr

Martyr and former slave. He is mentioned in St. Paul's Letter to Philemon as the slave of Philemon in Colossae, Phrygia, who ran away. Paul met Onesimus while the former was in a Roman prison, and Paul baptised the slave and came to consider him his own son. Paul sent Onesimus back to Philemon with the epistle, asking Philemon to accept him no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a brother, beloved especially to me, but even more so to you,

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St Faustinus and Jovita, Martyrs

Faustinus and Jovita were brothers, nobly born and natives of Brescia. All the incidents in their reputed "Acts" are of doubtful authority, and we can only be sure of their names and martyrdom. According to the tradition of Brescia, they preached Christianity fearlessly while their bishop lay in hiding. Their zeal excited the fury of the heathens against them, then they were arrested by a heathen lord called Julian. They were tortured and dragged

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday: Distribution of ashes precedes the Mass. This marks the beginning of Lent and is a day of fasting and abstinence. Two small collations, not adding up to one meal, and one full meal make the fasting obligation. No meat at all this day constitutes the traditional Catholic abstinence.

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St Agabus, Martyr

Today is Ferial day and the Mass and Divine Office do not commemorate a Saint or Blessed. However taken from the Roman Martyrology is the story of St Agabus. He was a martyr and one of the seventy-two disciples mentioned by St. Luke. He was a Jewish convert to the faith, noted as a prophet. Agabus predicted a famine in the Roman Empire and probably Paul's imprisonment. Agabus was unable to dissuade Paul from going to Jerusalem. The martyr died for

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