Death of the Corinthian Martyrs Saints Claudian, Dioscorus, Papias, Nicephorus, Serapion, Victor and Victorinus who were martyred at Diospolis in the Thebaid region of Egypt during the persecution of the Roman emperor Decius.
Death of Saint Ananias, a Phoenician priest who converted eight of his guards while he was imprisoned. They, along with Ananias, received the trophy of martyrdom at the hands of the cruel emperor Diocletian.
Death of Saint Caesarius, brother of Saint Gregory Nazianzen. Caesarius was a renowned physician who ministered to the emperors both spiritually and physically even though he remained a catechumen until one year before his death when he was baptized.
Death of Saint Prix, Archbishop of Rouen, France. He was badly maligned by the French court, so much so that besides conning the Council of Paris in 577 to have him exiled, he was stabbed to death on this date while praying the Daily Office with his peers in church. The culprit was a plant, masquerading as a priest and hired by Queen Fredegonda whom Prix constantly tried to convince to amend her life. Rather than choosing eternal life, she chose the path to hell by embracing sin over salvation.
Death of Saint Walburga, Benedictine Abbess who answered the call of Saint Boniface to help evangelize Germany. She founded monasteries there, both for men and women and became abbess over the nuns. Before the bishop of the diocese died, he appointed Walburga in charge of both the monks and the nuns. She was well known for her knowledge of medicine and this played a part in the people of Germany transferring the pagan feast of witches and superstitions into a Christian occasion by proclaiming May 1 as Walburga Night. For this she is considered the patron saint for fruitful harvests and those with coughs, plague or rabies are encouraged to pray to her for intercession.
Pope Saint Pius V, 225th successor of Peter, excommunicates England's Queen Elizabeth for her persecution of Catholics. With this interdict the Pope absolves all English people from holding allegiance to the staunch, feminist and crazed queen.