Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
The holy martyrs rejoiced to share in the suffering of Christ;
they reign with him in eternal glory.
From the Dominican Ordo:
This group of 117 martyrs suffered for the name of Christ during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the region known today as Vietnam. Of this number 96 were Vietnamese, 11 were Spaniards, and 10 were French; 58 were associated with the Missions Étrangères of Paris and 59 were members of the Dominican Family.
The members of the Dominican Family included six bishops, sixteen priests, three memebers of the Priests’ Fraternity of Saint Dominic, ten members of the Dominican laity, and twenty-four of the faithful from Dominican missions. They were martyred at different times and places, eg:
you gave Saint Ignatius and his companions
the courage to be faithful to the cross of your Son,
even to the shedding of their blood.
With the help of their prayers
may we spread your love
among our brothers and sisters
and truly become your children.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.