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Saturday, August 30, 2008
St. Added

In the 1962 Missal, today is not only the Feast of St. Rose of Lima, but also that of two martyrs of the era of Diocletian: St. Felix and St. Adauctus. Here is the headnote:
St. Felix, a Roman priest, was martyred under the emperors Diocletian and Maximian. An unknown Christian joined him at the last moment. The Church called him Adauctus (Added). They were beheaded A.D. 303.
How cool is that? Of course it's great to have a calendar that includes saints canonized since 1962, including martyrs of the French Revolution, the persecutions in Mexico, and the Spanish Civil War. But we oughtn't to lose sight of those ancient Roman martyrs commemorated in the old calendar.

The Gospel chosen for the Feast of St. Felix and St. Adauctus is Luke 10:16-20, which concludes: "rejoice in this, that your names are written in heaven" -- even if your name is "Added"!