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Martyrs

“Pretiósa in conspéctu Dómini. Mors Sanctórum eius.”

(Precious in the Sight of the Lord is the Death of His Saints)


Hymn for Matins on the Feast of a Martyr

Christo profusum sanguinem,

Et Martyrum victorias,

Dignamque caelo lauream

Laetis sequamur vocibus.

 

Terrore victo saeculi,

Poenisque spretis corporis,

Mortis sacrae compendio

Vitam beatam possident.

 

Traduntur igni Martyres,

Et bestiarum dentibus:

Armata saevit ungulis

Tortoris insani manus.

 

Nudata pendent viscera,

Sanguis sacratus funditur:

Sed permanent immobiles

Vitae perennis gratia.

 

Te nunc Redemptor quaesumus,

Ut martyrum consortio

Iungas precantes servulos

In sempiterna saecula.

Amen.

The martyrs’ triumphs let us sing,

Their blood poured forth for Christ the King,

And while due hymns of praise we pay,

Our thankful hearts cast grief away.

 

The world its terrors urged in vain;

They recked not of the body’s pain;

One step, and holy death made sure

The life that ever shall endure.

 

To flames the martyr saints are hailed;

By teeth of savage beasts assailed;

Against them, armed with ruthless brand

And hooks of steel, their torturers stand.

 

The mangled frame is tortured sore,

The holy life-drops freshly pour;

They stand unmoved amidst the strife,

By grace of everlasting life.

 

Redeemer, hear us of thy love,

That, with the martyr host above,

Hereafter, of thine endless grace,

thy servants also may have place.

Amen.

 

You can read the 1962 edition of the Roman Martyrology daily here by looking at the hour of Prime: Divinum Officium


Or you can read an updated one here by itself out of the context of the office: Martyrology


Or you can actually purchase an very nice edition of the 1962 in an English translation here: Fraternity Publications


Saint Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri’s: The Victories of the Martyrs


 

Saint Stephen
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Saint Prisca
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Saints Marius, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum
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Saint Sebastian
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Saint Agnes
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Saint Agatha
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Saint Cecilia
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Saint Anastasia
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Saint Dorothy
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Saints Vincent and Anastasius
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Saint Polycarp of Smyrna
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Saint Ignatius of Antioch

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Saint Martina
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Saint Blase
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Saint Apollonia
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Saints Faustinus and Jovita
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Saint Simeon of Jerusalem
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Saints Perpetua and Felicity
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The Forty Holy Martyrs
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Saint Hermenegild
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Saints Tiburtius, Valerian and Maximus Martyrs..
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Saint George
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Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen Martyr
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Saint Peter Martyr
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Saints Alexander, Eventius and Theodulus
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Saint Stanislaus
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Saints Nereus, Achilleus, Domitilla Virgin, and Pancras
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Saint Venantius
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Saint Marcellinus, Peter, and Elmo
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Saint Boniface
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Saint Primus and Felician
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Saint Vitus, Modestus, and Crescentia
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Saints Mark and Marcellianus
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Saint Gervase and Protase
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Saints John and Paul
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The Seven Holy Brothers
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Saint Apollinaris
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Saint Pantaleon
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Saints Nazarius, Celsus, and Pope Victor I
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Saint Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus, and Beatrice
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The Holy Machabees
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Saint Lawrence
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Saint Gorgonius
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Saint Protus and Hyacinth
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Pope Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian of Carthage
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Saint Lucy
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Saint Januarius
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Saint Thecla
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Saints Cyprian and Justina
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Saints Cosmas and Damian
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Saint Wenceslaus Duke
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Saint Placid
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Saints Chrysanthus and Daria
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The Four Holy Crowned Martyrs
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Saint Josaphat
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Saint Chrysogonus
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Saint Catherine of Alexandria
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Saint Bibiana
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Saint Eusebius
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Saint Thomas (a Becket) of Canterbury
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Saint Basil of Ancyra
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