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Tuesday 8 November 2016

8th November, The Holy Four Crowned Martyrs

The Holy Four Crowned Martyrs

These saints were four brothers whose names remained long unknown. They were called "the four crowned" (quattuor coronati) because they received the palm of martyrdom under Diocletian in 304 and were crowned in heaven.

Intret in conspectu tuo, Domine, gemitus compeditorum: redde vicinis nostris septuplum in sinu eorum: vindica sanguinem sanctorum tuorum, qui effusus est. * Deus, venerunt gentes in haereditatem tuam: polluerunt templum sanctum tuum: posuerunt Jerusalem in pomorum custodiam.
Let the sighing of the prisoners come in before Thee, O Lord; render to our neighbours sevenfold in their bosom; revenge the blood of Thy saints, which hath been shed. * O God, the heathens are come into Thy inheritance: they have defiled Thy holy temple: they have made Jerusalem as a place to keep fruit.
(Psalm 78:11-12,1 from the Introit of Mass)

Praesta, quaesumus, omnípotens Deus: ut, qui gloriósos Mártyres fortes in sua confessióne cognóvimus, pios apud te in nostra intercessióne sentiámus.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who acknowledge the steadfastness of Thy glorious Martyrs in their confession, may enjoy their loving intercession with Thee.

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