Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hail, Martyred Priest and Companions

Today is the feast of St. Christopher Magallanes and companions.  St. Christopher was a Mexican priest executed without a trial in 1927 during a persecution of the Church.  24 martyr companions were canonized along with St. Christopher.

From Blessed Pope John Paul II's sermon at the canonization:

May Our Lady of Guadalupe, to whom the martyrs prayed at the supreme moment of their sacrifice and to whom St José María de Yermo and St María de Jesús Sacramentado Venegas professed such tender devotion, accompany with her motherly protection the good intentions of all who honour the new saints today, and help those who follow their example. May she also guide and protect the Church so that, through her evangelizing activity and the Christian witness of all her children, she may light humanity's path in the third Christian millennium. Amen.

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