The commemoration of the prophet Elijah.
In 430, St. Aurelius, bishop of Carthage. Aurelius was the leader of the church of North Africa and presided over a number of synods dealing with the Donatist and Pelagian heresies. He introduced the chanting of psalms during Mass to encourage greater lay involvement. He was a friend of St. Augustine who held him in high esteem.
In 1857, in Vietnam, St. Joseph Díaz Samjuro. He was born in Spain and became a Dominican priest. He spent the rest of his life as a missionary in Vietnam. He became a bishop there and during a persecution was arrested and executed. He founded a center to look after abandoned children which is still in operation.
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.