Martyrs from the Philippines, Formosa, and Japan (d. 1633 to 1637)
+ Between 1633 and 1637 sixteen martyrs were executed at Nagasaki, Japan.
+ The group was comprised of both professed Dominican religious and Dominican tertiaries, who had worked to spread the Gospel in the Philippines, Formosa, and Japan.
+ Included among the martyrs is Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, a Filipino husband and father who was also a member of the Holy Rosary Archconfraternity.
+ Saint Lorenzo—honored as the first canonized Filipino saint—was canonized with the other martyrs in 1987. Saint Lorenzo is honored as a patron saint of the Philippines.
For prayer and reflection
“I am a Catholic and wholeheartedly do accept death for God. Had I a thousand lives all these to Him shall I offer.”—Saint Lorenzo Ruiz
On September 28, the Church also celebrate the memory of Saint Wenceslaus, martyr and duke of Bohemia. Honored for his faith and solicitude for the poor—celebrated in the carol “Good King Wenceslaus”—he was betrayed by his brother and killed by assassins in 935. Hailed as a martyr, he is honored as the patron saint of Bohemia.
Grant us, we pray, Lord God,
the same perseverance shown by your Martyrs
Saint Lawrence Ruiz and his companions
in serving you and their neighbor,
since those persecuted for the sake of righteousness
are blessed in your Kingdom.
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 The Roman Missal)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.