Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
The Holy Machabees.
Feast Day 1 August.
English: The Martyrdom of The Seven Machabees.
Deutsch: Das Martyrium der sieben Makkabäer.
Artist: Antonio Ciseri (1821–1891).
Current location: Church of Santa Felicita, Florence, Italy.
This File: 3 September 2009.
The Seven Machabees, who were brothers, were Martyred, with their mother, under Antiochus Epiphanes. Their Relics are kept at Rome in the Basilica of Saint Peter's Chains.
English: The Courage of a Mother. An illustration of this story by Gustave Doré (2 Macc. 7:20-42).
Русский: Мать Маккавеев (2 Макк. 7:20-42).
Source: Doré's English Bible.
Author: Gustave Doré (1832–1883).
From before the time of The Tridentine Calendar, The Holy Machabees had a Commemoration in The Roman Rite Liturgy within The Feast of Saint Peter in Chains. This Commemoration remained within The Weekday Liturgy, when, in 1960, Pope John XXIII Suppressed this particular Feast of Saint Peter.
Nine years later (1969), 1 August became The Feast of Saint Alphonsus Maria de' Liguori and the mention of The Machabee Martyrs was omitted from The General Roman Calendar, since, in its 1969 Revision, it no longer admitted Commemorations. [Editor: What a wonderful idea. Who thought of that one !!!???]