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ST JOHN ROBERTS, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST JOHN ROBERTS, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST JOHN ROBERTS, PRIEST AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 10

St John Roberts, born in Trawsfynydd, Wales, converted from Protestantism as a young adult and, after being received into the Catholic Church, first entered the English College at Valladolid in 1598, and, after a year there, made his novitiate at the great Abbey of St Martin at Compostella. His studies completed he was ordained, and set out for England at the end of 1602.

HE HAD A GOVERNMENT SPY ON HIS CASE

Having a spy on his case, he was, over the space of several years, banished, and re-entered England, time and time again. During his undercover spells in England, he ministered to the plague-stricken faithful in London. On 2nd December, 1610, he was arrested while celebrating Holy Mass. He was taken to Newgate in his vestments. He was found guilty of being a Catholic priest and hung, drawn and quartered on 10th December, 1610, at Tyburn.

PRAYER:

Almighty and eternal God,
you gave to blessed John
wisdom in defending the Catholic faith and courage in facing a martyr’s death:
listen to our prayers
and send us an ever greater harvest
of faith, hope and love.
Through our Lord…

 

 

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BL. JAMES THOMPSON, PRIEST AND MARTYR

BL. JAMES THOMPSON, PRIEST AND MARTYR

BLESSED JAMES THOMPSON, PRIEST AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 28

Bl. James Thompson, studying for the priesthood at Douai, fell very ill in 1580 and was ordained – he was barely able to stand – by dispensation from Rome. He recovered and was sent back to England to the mission. He was arrested in York for being a priest and hung at Tyburn on 28th November 1582. Whilst hanging, he was seen to distinctly beat his breast and afterwards to make the Sign of the Cross.

Blessed Fr Thompson, pray for us.

 

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BLESSED MIGUEL PRO, MARTYR

BLESSED MIGUEL PRO, MARTYR

BLESSED MIGUEL AGUSTIN PRO-JUAREZ, MARTYR – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 23

Blessed Miguel, born 1891 in Concepcion del Oro, Mexico, joined the Society of Jesus in 1911. He studied in Spain and Belgium. In Belgium he was also ordained a priest and returned to Mexico in 1926. The government in Mexico tried to eradicate the Catholic Faith. Many priests and lay faithful were murdered. Fr Pro ministered secretly to the faithful. After the attempted assassination of General Alvaro Obregon Fr Pro was arrested. In spite of Obregon having personally vouchsafed for Fr Pro’s innocence, the former was executed on 23.11.1927.

 

 

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ST CALLISTUS I, POPE AND MARTYR

ST CALLISTUS I, POPE AND MARTYR

ST CALLISTUS I, POPE AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 14

Callistus, a Roman, ruled the Church when Antoninus Heliogabulus was emperor. He instituted the four periods of the year which are known as Ember Days – days on which, in accordance with the apostolic tradition, fasting was to be observed by all. He built the basilica called St Mary across-the-Tiber and enlarged the ancient cemetery on the Appian Way, in which are buried many holy Priests and martyrs. For this reason, it is called the cemetery of Callistus. He reigned five years, one month and twelve days.

HE WAS CROWNED WITH MARTYRDOM

After a long imprisonment, during which he was starved and frequently scourged, he was thrown head-downward into a well. He was crowned with martyrdom under the Emperor Alexander and was buried in the cemetery of Calepodius on the Aurelian Way, at the third mile-stone from the City, on the day before the Ides of October [222]. Afterwards his body was carried to the basilica of St Mary across-the-Tiber, and was placed under the high altar, where it is venerated with the greatest devotion.

From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

PRAYER:

God of mercy,

hear the prayers of your people

that we may be helped by Saint Callistus,

whose martyrdom we celebrate with joy.

Through our Lord…

 

 

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PRAYER TO ST SILVERIUS, POPE AND MARTYR

PRAYER TO ST SILVERIUS, POPE AND MARTYR

Eternal Shepherd, look with favour upon your flock. Safeguard and shelter it forevermore through blessed Silverius, your Martyr and Supreme Pontiff, whom you constituted shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord…

 
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ST PLACIDUS – PRAYER

ST PLACIDUS – PRAYER

SS PLACIDUS AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS – MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 5

The hairs of your head are all numbered; do not be afraid, you are of more value than many sparrows.

PRAYER:

O God, who permit us to celebrate the anniversary of the death of your holy Martyrs, Placidus and his Companions, grant that we may enjoy their companionship in everlasting happiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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ST LINUS, POPE AND MARTYR

ST LINUS, POPE AND MARTYR

ST LINUS, POPE AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 23

Pope Linus, born at Volterra in Tuscany, was the first to succeed St Peter in the government of the Church. His faith and holiness were so great that he not only cast out devils, but even raised the dead to life. He wrote the Acts of the blessed Peter and in particular what he had done against Simon Magus. He decreed that no woman should enter a Church without having her head covered. Because he was so constant in his profession of the Christian faith, this Pontiff was beheaded [in 79 AD] at the command of Saturninus, a wicked and ungrateful man of consular rank, whose daughter Linus had delivered from the torments of demons. He was buried on the Vatican Hill, near the tomb of Peter, Prince of the Apostles, on the twenty-third day of September. He had reigned eleven years, two months and twenty-three days. In two ordinations in the month of December, he made fifteen bishops and eighteen priests.

PRAYER:

Eternal Shepherd, look with favour upon your flock. Safeguard and shelter it forevermore through blessed Linus, your Martyr and Supreme Pontiff, whom you constituted Shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum authorised by the Holy See, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

 

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