ST PAUL MIKI AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS; MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 6
Born in Japan about 1565, St Paul Miki entered the Society of Jesus and was a successful preacher of the Gospel. With twenty-five companions, he was tortured and crucified at Nagasaki on February 5, 1597.
God our Father,
source of strength for all your saints,
you led Paul Miki and his companions
through the suffering of the cross
to the joy of eternal life.
May their prayers give us courage
to be loyal until death in professing our faith.
Through Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.