Holy Martyr Boniface
Commemorated December 19
St Boniface, who lived during the reign of Diocletian, was the servant of a certain Roman woman of senatorial rank named Aglais. Mistress and servant lived together in an unlawful union, and Boniface was also given to drunkenness and riotous living. Nevertheless, he was generous to the poor, hospitable to strangers, and compassionate to those in misfortune. At last, Aglais, moved at hearing the accounts of the Martyrs, and believing in the power of their intercessions to obtain the mercy of God, sent Boniface to Tarsus to obtain relics of holy Martyrs. Before he departed, he asked her in jest, "What if they bring back my body as holy relics?" He then set out with some of his fellow slaves for Cilicia, where the Sts were contesting in martyrdom. As he went among the Martyrs and encouraged them in their pains, he was arrested by the ruler and confessed Christ with boldness, and suffered death as a martyr in the year 290 AD. Thus, what he had said in jest to his mistress was fulfilled when his fellow servants brought him himself back to her as sacred relics. St Aglais devoted the remainder of her life to prayer and works of virtue, and reposed in sanctity.
Be quick to anticipate
Your Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for You received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from You, our immortal God. For since he possessed Your strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' powerless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since You are merciful.
On this day You have appeared
You offered up yourself of your own choosing as a spotless sacrifice to Him that for your sake, O St, shall soon be born of a Virgin Maid, O all-renowned and wise crown-bearer Boniface.