The Easter Day Martyrs of Sri Lanka

In a clear desire to target Christians once again, Satan’s agents have unwittingly made martyrs of hundreds more innocents, who with Easter joy, were celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord.

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Apr 21, 2019/12:40 pm (CNA).- Religious and civil leaders have responded with condolences, prayer, and calls for justice after several explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people and injured hundreds more on Easter Sunday. […]

Shortly before 9 a.m. (local time), explosions were detonated during Easter Mass at Catholic churches in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, and in Negombo, a city 20 miles to its north. At the same time, a bomb exploded at a service at the evangelical Zion church in Batticaolo, on Sri Lanka’s east coast. 

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From RORATE CAELI 

When Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (Hebrews, 9)
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The image above is the powerful witness of an age: our own time, in which God wished us to live. It is a statue of the Risen Lord, sprinkled with the blood of Martyrs killed on this Easter Sunday by terrorist explosions against Catholic churches in Sri Lanka. Over 150 dead so far, and scores of injured, in these churches filled with Catholics joyfully celebrating the greatest of Feasts, and in other targets in the country.

We know that these Holy Martyrs are in heaven with Our Lord and all His Saints right now. We know that they were welcomed by the Most Holy Trinity with immense jubilation: they gave their blood for Christ. They joined their blood with the Holy Blood of the Lord. They know God fully now, they see Him face to face, they will rise again in the end of time, for life eternal.
And yet, we know that so many families in the Catholic communities of Sri Lanka will be changed forever by this heinous attack! So many mothers without children, so many children without parents, so many families without their main breadwinners that may fall into great poverty and need! May Our Risen Lord have mercy upon them! May Our Blessed Mother cover them with her mantle! May their Martyred family members intercede for them, so that they will be strengthened in the certainty of the Resurrection of the Flesh and of Everlasting Life with the Lord Jesus Christ!
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I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another. (Job, 19)
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5 Responses to The Easter Day Martyrs of Sri Lanka

  1. “Satan’s agents” are responsible?

    Not, of course, any members of “The Great Religion of Peace.”

  2. kathleen says:

    Well, well, isn’t this a surprise?… Islamic brutes, Mohammadans, a.k.a. members of ‘the religion of the sword’ (or whatever you want to call these minions of the devil) have been discovered to be behind this genocidal massacre of almost 300 innocents in Sri Lanka yesterday. They are true disciples of their murdering desert warlord, Mohammad, who would be proud of them!

    Yet progressive-minded idiots here still insist on importing more and more Islamic migrants into Europe, pleading mercy… oh, but “mercy” only for these haters of Christians of course. No”mercy” forthcoming for the European victims of the Islamics’ bombs and tortures, or the countless women and girls they have raped, or for neighbours who have to live near the ghettos in our cities formed by these aggressive Islamic bullies. Can they not see that in allowing this Islamic invasion into Europe it is, in many ways, a form of suicide?

    Sri Lanka, a Buddhist-majority nation (approximately 75%) with only a small Muslim population, has nevertheless become yet one more nation on the long list where unspeakable atrocities have been inflicted by Muslim/Islamic terrorists on helpless Christians.

    Yes indeed, may these Easter martyrs of Sri Lanka pray and intercede for us now. We are in urgent need of their prayers.

  3. mmvc says:

    I’d like to think that the victims of this despicable act of terrorism are indeed martyrs, but then I read this tweet from Canon Lawyer Dr Ed Peters:

    The instant canonization of the victims of religious persecution (calling them “martyrs”, the public invocation of their patronage, etc.) deprives them of the prayers their souls sorely need having died ‘unprovided deaths’. Lord have mercy on them! And convert their evil killers.

  4. RB says:

    Mmvc,

    I’d certainly agree with you and Dr. Peters about the adult dead, though I don’t see anything contradictory in praying to them and for them.

    Don’t the Orthodox have a term for people who were killed for their faith, but without the opportunity to renounce it and save their lives?

    But, regardless, what about the children killed? Especially those below the age of reason? Would there be any harm in calling them martyrs?

  5. mmvc says:

    Thank you, RB! My thought process exactly, especially re the children. Tbh, I found Dr Peter’s tweet unsettling at first but then decided simply to entrust all the victims of these atrocities, the dead and the injured as well as their grieving relatives to God’s infinite mercy. Not forgetting the evil terrorists. Our Lord commanded us to do no less…

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