Both of which one wants to keep: that of Saint Maurice and the Theban Legion, 'the 6,600', martyrs, and Saint Thomas of Villanova (1486-1555), one of the great reforming bishops of the 16th century. I settled on the second (each of the post-1570 calendars available to me-- 1910, 1939, 1954, 1955, and 1960 celebrate Saint Thomas with a commemoration of the Holy Martyrs) which is of double rank, meaning that at Matins there were three nocturns and nine lessons i.e. three from Tobias, three about the holy Bishop, three from Saint Gregory's 9th homily on the Gospel lesson from Saint Matthew. Quis ítaque iste homo est qui péregre proficíscitur, nisi Redémptor noster, qui, in ea carne quam assúmpserat, ábiit in cælum?
14 Sicut enim homo peregre proficiscens, vocavit servos suos, et tradidit illis bona sua. 15 Et uni dedit quinque talenta, alii autem duo, alii vero unum, unicuique secundum propriam virtutem: et profectus est statim. 16 Abiit autem qui quinque talenta acceperat, et operatus est in eis, et lucratus est alia quinque. 17 Similiter et qui duo acceperat, lucratus est alia duo. 18 Qui autem unum acceperat, abiens fodit in terram, et abscondit pecuniam domini sui. 19 Post multum vero temporis venit dominus servorum illorum, et posuit rationem cum eis. 20 Et accedens qui quinque talenta acceperat, obtulit alia quinque talenta, dicens: Domine, quinque talenta tradidisti mihi, ecce alia quinque superlucratus sum. 21 Ait illi dominus ejus: Euge serve bone, et fidelis: quia super pauca fuisti fidelis, super multa te constituam; intra in gaudium domini tui. 22 Accessit autem et qui duo talenta acceperat, et ait: Domine, duo talenta tradidisti mihi, ecce alia duo lucratus sum. 23 Ait illi dominus ejus: Euge serve bone, et fidelis: quia super pauca fuisti fidelis, super multa te constituam; intra in gaudium domini tui.
On the twenty-second day of the month is the passion of Saint Maurice and of 6,600 martyrs with him; that was an army of soldiers; they came from the eastern parts of Cappadocia to the aid of the emperor Maximian, and they were very successful men in all battles. But then eventually the emperor noticed that they were Christians; then he ordered them to be martyred, so that their sacred blood flowed across the ground like a stream. We do not know their names except for that of Saint Maurice, who was the army's leader, and Saint Exsuperius and Saint Candidus. The other names are written down in heaven in the books of life.
Dear Marc, ah, the martyrologist would have been thrilled to know all his information gets disseminated like that. I am very happy for you to carry on tweeting these things, with or without specific acknowledgement. (As far as I’m concerned no reference to me needs to be given). It’s such a cool text, the OEM, if only more people were aware of it….