Until the year 1881 *, July 5th was celebrated on the general celendar of the Roman Rite as a day within the very ancient octave of Ss Peter and Paul. The breviary lessons for the second nocturn are taken from a sermon of St Maximus of Turin, a Church Father of the late 4th and early 5th, of whom very little is known. This sermon recounts a famous legend concerning the death of the Apostles as follows.The Fall of Simon Magus, by Benozzo Gozzoli, 1461-62“On this day, then, the blessed Apostles shed their blood; but let us look to the

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