August 28: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (and fourth Sunday of August); St Hermes, Memorial

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The first Nocturn Matins readings continue on the reading of the Wisdom books of the Old Testament, this week moving to Eccclesiasticus (Sirach).

The Gospel this Sunday is St Mark 7: 31-37, Our Lord heals the deaf and dumb man.

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St Hermes was martyred with companions in 120 under the judge Aurelian. His cult is one of the victims of the 1969 cull of the novus ordo martyrology (restricted to local celebrations), on the basis of the paucity of information about him (though there is no doubt as to his existence).

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