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Friday, 18 July 2014

18th July, St. Symphorosa and her seven Sons, Martyrs

St. Symphorosa and her seven Sons, Martyrs

St. Symphorosa of Tivoli, wife of the martyr St. Getulus, was the mother of seven sons to whom she taught the faith. Arrested at Tivoli by order of the Emperor Adrian, she was hung up by the hair and then thrown into the River Teverone with a stone tied to her neck. All her children, stretched on stakes by means of pulleys, imitated her constancy and were martyred about A.D. 125.

Clamaverunt justi, et Dominus exaudivit eos: et ex omnibus tribulationibus eorum liberavit eos. * Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore: semper laus ejus in ore meo.
The just cried, and the Lord heard them: and delivered them out of all their troubles.* I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall be always in my mouth.
(Psalm 33:18,2 from the introit of Mass)

Deus, qui nos concedis sanctorum Martyrum tuorum Symphorosae et filiorum ejus natalitia colere: da nobis in aeterna beatitudine de eorum societate gaudere.
O God, by whose grace we keep the festival of Thy holy martyrs Symphorosa and her sons ; grant that we may enjoy their fellowship in everlasting bliss. Through our Lord.

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