4th May – Feast of the English Martyrs

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On 25th October 1970, Pope Paul VI canonized the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, “to the glory of the holy and undivided Trinity, for the honour of the universal faith and the advancement of Christian life”. The forty were chosen from among the hundreds of Catholics who, in the dark days of persecution, had died for their faith. This prayer is for private use. 

Prayer:

Lord have mercy on us.

Christ have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy on us. Christ hear us.

Christ graciously hear us.

God the Father, Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.

Mary, Queen of Apostles, Pray for us.
Mary, Queen of Martyrs, Pray for us.

St John Houghton, Pray for us.
St Richard Reynolds, Pray for us.
St Augustine Webster, Pray for us.
St Robert Lawrence, Pray for us.
St John Stone, Pray for us.
St Cuthbert Mayne, Pray for us.
St Edmund Campion, Pray for us.
St Ralph Sherwin, Pray for us.
St Alexander Briant, Pray for us.
St John Payne, Pray for us.
St Luke Kirby, Pray for us.
St Richard Gwyn, Pray for us.
St Margaret Clitherow, Pray for us.
St Margaret Ward, Pray for us.
St Edmund Gennings, Pray for us.
St Swithun Wells, Pray for us.
St Polydore Plasden, Pray for us.
St Eustace White, Pray for us.
St John Boste, Pray for us.
St Robert Southwell, Pray for us.
St Henry Walpole, Pray for us.
St Philip Howard, Pray for us.
St John Jones, Pray for us.
St John Rigby, Pray for us.
St Anne Line, Pray for us.
St Nicholas Owen, Pray for us.
St Thomas Garnet, Pray for us.
St John Roberts, Pray for us.
St John Almond, Pray for us.
St Edmund Arrowsmith, Pray for us.
St Ambrose Barlow, Pray for us.
St Alban Roe, Pray for us.
St Henry Morse, Pray for us.
St John Southworth, Pray for us.
St John Plessington, Pray for us.
St Philip Evans, Pray for us.
St John Lloyd, Pray for us.
St John Wall, Pray for us.
St John Kemble, Pray for us.
St David Lewis, Pray for us.

Let us pray.

Oh God, in whom there is no change or shadow of alteration, you gave courage to the Holy Martyrs. Grant unto us, we beseech you, through their intercession, the grace to always value the Holy Mass. May we be strengthened to serve you in imitation of the courage of these Holy Martyrs. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

(from Catholic Culture)

1356884341_imagesca35gc2iO BLESSED Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England thy “Dowry” and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus our Saviour and our hope was given unto the world; and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the supreme Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee, in our heavenly home. Amen.

 (Cardinal Wiseman 1802-1865, Archbishop of Westminster)

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2 Responses to 4th May – Feast of the English Martyrs

  1. Pingback: 4th May – Feast of the English Martyrs — | Solutio Problematis Omnes (aka "The Catholic Linker")

  2. Robert says:

    Thank you
    How relevant today!
    The deliberate destruction and looting of shrines, religious orders and libraries. The sacrilegious violation by seculars of sacred and holy consecrated ground.
    The apostacy of those Bishops and those Lords and that people following that Serial Adulterer Henry VIII
    The lost of Holiness of the land of the Angels.
    The denials of the Sacraments especially Marriage and the Real Presence the permitting of divorces to Holy Communion.
    False claims of the Authority of the Old Dispensation, which had been fulfilled and replaced with the New Testament.
    To deny one part of the Faith is to deny ALL has been the case since the Apostles. No matter what the current fashions (called modern in their days).
    These Holy martyrs gave their lives for the Holy Faith. That is the Faith handed to the Apostles!

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