Sts. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

In 1597, forty-five years after Francis Xavier had evangelized much of Japan, St. Paul Miki and twenty-five others were martyred for the Faith after being led to the place of execution near Nagasaki by a spectacular journey intended to impress the population. The martyrdom was spurred on by a Spanish captain’s statement that the missionaries were paving the way for the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of Japan.

Among those martyred were three Japanese Jesuits: Paul Miki, John Goto, James Kisai; six Franciscans, four of whom were Spanish: Peter Baptist, Martin de Aguirre, Francis Blanco, Francis-of-St.-Michael; one Mexican: Philip de las Casas; and one Indian: Gonsalo Garcia; the other seventeen were Japanese: lay people including a soldier, physician, and altar boys. All were pierced with a lance like their Savior. With their canonization in 1862 by Pope Pius IX, they became the protomartyrs of the whole Far East.

PRAYER: Lord God, You are the strength of all the Saints. You called Sts. Paul Miki and Companions to eternal life through the Cross. Grant us, through their intercession, perfect fidelity to keep the Faith until our death. Amen.
We Remember
Merciful Jesus, grant them eternal rest.
3Sister M. Melaine Mraz 2008
5Sister M. Valeria Martin 1951
6Sister M. Rita Galvacs 1984
7Sister M. Xaviera Kraynak 2005
12Sister M. Aloysius Baumgartber 1940
16Sister M. Alphonsa Arvay 1969
17Sister M. Nicolette Dzsaja 1991
19Sister M. Balsamina Horvath 1978
23Sister M. Gonzaga Szabo 2010
24Sister M. Mathilde Kohalmi 2006
27Rev. Colman Kovats 1927

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