martyrology 02-26-24

At Pergen, in Pamphylia, the birthday of the blessed Nestor, bishop, who in the persecution of Decius, praying night and day for the preserva- tion of the flock of Christ, was apprehended. As he confessed the name of the Lord with great joy and freedom, he was most cruelly tortured on the rack, by order of the governor Pollio, and as he still courageously proclaimed that he would ever adhere to Christ, he was hanged on a cross, and thus triumphantly went to heaven.-In the same place, the passion of Saints Papias, Diodorus, Conon, and Clandian, who preceded St. Nestor to martyrdom.- Also, of the holy martyrs Fortunatus, Felix, and twenty-seven others.-At Alexandria, of St. Alexander, bishop, a man of glorious memory, who, after blessed Peter, bishop of that city, expelled from the Church Arius, one of his priests, tainted with heretical impiety, and convicted by divine truth. He afterwards condemned him in the Council of Nice, being one of the three hundred and eighteen Fathers.-At Bologna, of St. Faustinian, bishop, who by his preaching strengthened and multiplied the faithful of that Church, which had been much afflicted by the persecution of Diocletian.-At Gaza, in Palestine, of St. Porphyry, bishop, who, in the time of the emperor Arcadius, overthrew the idol Marnas and its temple, and after many sufferings, went to rest in the Lord.-At Florence, of St. Andrew, bishop and confessor.-In the territory of Arcis, of St. Victor, confessor, whose ealogy was written by St. Bernard.

Library of Congress. The Roman Martyrology. John Murphy & CO, Publishers, 1897.