Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
SS. Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus and Beatrice.
Feast Day 29 July.
The statue of Saint Beatrice (on the Right) is part of a group of twenty-four statues
installed above the Colonnade entrance above the Basilica of Saint Peter's, Rome.
Illustration: SAINT PETER'S BASILICA.INFO
English: Martyrdom of Saint Simplicius and Saint Faustinus.
Français: Martyre de saint Simplice et de saint Faustin.
Author: Richard de Montbaston et collaborateurs.
The Holy Pontiff, Felix II, is a Pope of the 4th-Century. He was Martyred in Tuscany, Italy, in the time of the Arians, 365 A.D. [Editor: See The Breviary notes (below), reference the dispute about Felix.]
Saints Simplicius and Faustinus, denounced as Christians to the persecutors, were put to death at Rome under Emperor Diocletian in 304 A.D. Saint Beatrice, their sister, was arrested and strangled in prison. Pope Leo II placed the Relics of these three Martyrs in a Church at Rome Dedicated in their names.
THE ROMAN BREVIARY.
English: A French Prayer Book of 1905 containing extracts from The Roman Missal,
and The Roman Breviary of the time, with French translations.
Français: Nouveau Paroissien Romain contenant en latin et en français
les Offices et Messes de tous les dimanches et de toutes les fêtes de l'année ecclésiastique.
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Illustration: RORATE CAELI
(Volume II. Summer).
Translated out of Latin into English by
John, Marquess of Bute, K.T.
The Holy Martyrs, Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus, and Beatrix (Beatrice).
Feast Day 29 July.
The Martyrology says that Simplicius, Faustinus, and Beatrix (Beatrice) were two brothers and a sister, who suffered at Rome under Diocletian. Concerning Felix, there has been much dispute. The Missal and Breviary, by suppressing the Title of Pope or Bishop (always given in such cases) seem to confirm the view, now generally adopted by historians, viz., that he was an African Martyr, who suffered on 10 November, and whose relics were brought to Rome on 29 July, but the Martyrology retains another theory, now generally rejected, which identifies this Saint with one Felix, intruded into the See of Rome by Constantius during the Pontificate of Liberius, and now commonly regarded as an Anti-Pope of very dubious orthodoxy.