The word martyr comes from a Greek word meaning, "witness". In later centuries it referred to someone who voluntarily suffered physical death for their beliefs. Martyrologies were listings of the names, and later of the histories of those who suffered physical death because they refused to renounce their belief in Christ. Over time it has also included feasts of Our Lord, feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary, feasts and commemorations of those who lived holy lives of heroic virtue, and other significant ecclesiastical memorials.
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- Butler's Lives of the Saints; Complete Edition, edited by Herbert Thurston, S.J. and Donald Attwater, Christian Classics, Inc., Westminster, Maryland, 1956.
- The Catholic Encyclopedia, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1967.
- Butler's Lives of Patron Saints, edited and with additional material by Michael Walsh, Harper & Row, San Francisco, 1987.
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