The Twelve Holy Brothers, Martyrs
Africans by birth, these saints were martyred in various places in the third century under the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian.
Four were beheaded in Potenza, Italy on August 27. Three were beheaded at Vanossa on August 28. The others were beheaded at Sentiana on September 1.
They were brought together and enshrined at Benevento in 760.
"Donatus, Felix, Arontius, Honoratus, Fortunatus, Sabinian, Septimius, Januarius, another Felix, Vitalis, Sator, and Repositus."
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)
Fraterna nos, Domine, Martyrum tuorum corona laetificet: quae et fidei nostrae praebeat incrementa virtutum, et multiplici nos suffragio consoletur.
May the crown of martyrdom of the holy Brothers gladden us, O Lord; may it add strength to our faith and encourage us by the intercession of so many saints. Through our Lord.