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Friday, 4 November 2016

4th November, SS Vitalis and Agricola, Martyrs

SS Vitalis and Agricola, Martyrs

Vitalis was the servant of Agricola. In 304, at Bologna, they exhausted on him every kind of torment, and not an inch of his body was left unwounded; he died praying. Agricola was crucified. St Ambrose collected the nails, his glorious blood and the cross on which he was nailed, and placed them under the holy altars.

Sapientiam sanctorum narrent populi, et laudes eorum nuntiet Ecclesia: nomina autem eorum vivent in saeculum saeculi. * Exsultate justi in Domino: rectos decet collaudatio.
Let the people show forth the wisdom of the saints, and the Church declare their praise; and their names shall live unto generation and generation. * Rejoice in the Lord, ye just: praise becometh the upright.
(Ecclesiasticus 44:15 and Psalm 32:1, from the Introit of Mass)

Deus, qui nos concedis sanctorum Martyrum tuorum Vitalis et Agricolae natalitia colere: da nobis in aeterna beatitudine de eorum societate gaudere.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who celebrate the festival of Thy holy martyrs Vitalis and Agricola, may be helped by their intercession before Thee.

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