Daily Martyrology for December 28

The Feast of the Holy Innocents. They were murdered by Herod, who meant to eliminate a possible rival to his throne, but failed to kill Jesus.

In 368, in Upper Egypt, St. Theodore, a disciple and successor of St. Pachomius.

In 1837, in Rome, St. Gaspar del Bufalo. As a young priest he was jailed for four years by Napoleon’s army because he would not change allegiance from the pope to Napoleon. Once he was released, he devoted himself to preaching missions. He was particularly devoted to the Precious Blood of Christ, and founded the Congregation of the Most Precious Blood.

In Naples, in 1894, Blessed Catherine Volpicelli, who found in her devotion to the Eucharist and the Sacred Heart inspiration to found an institute called the Servants of the Sacred Heart. It includes three classes of members: professed members living in community, oblates, who are professed but live with their families, and associates who do not take vows. All wear secular dress. They are engaged in ministry in Italy and Brazil.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.