in preparation for their feast on the 4th May
Fr John Hogan, CTS author, has prepared a series of reflections with a prayer to accompany us, from the 13th of April to the 3rd of May, in preparation for the feast of the English Martyrs. For the last ten days of this journey, there will be a series of invocations and a Litany to the Martyrs of Wales.
We have also included some information on each Martyr.
Please, join us as we meditate and pray to the English and Welsh Martyrs.
Reflection of the day
To you, Holy Martyrs of England and Wales, we commend our prayers and our needs in these difficult times.
As you laid down your lives for Christ and His Church, we ask that we may emulate your sacrifice in our daily lives, living as true and humble disciples of Christ.
May His Gospel so penetrate our minds and hearts that we may become what He urges us to be: salt of the earth and light of the world, making Him present through holy lives to the men and women of our time.
Sustain us with your loving presence, be our companions on our earthly journey.
Defend us in moments of trial, console us in sorrows and remind us of that joy which Christ implants into the souls of His devoted servants.
Intercede that we may truly be servants of mercy and reconciliation.
Watch over us and guide us in our Christian lives so one day we may merit to be with you in the Kingdom of our Heavenly Father.
All you Holy Martyrs of England and Wales, pray for us.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray
Almighty God, who in our country raised up martyrs from every walk of life to vindicate the authority of your Church in teaching and worship, grant through their intercession, we pray, that all our people may be gathered once again to celebrate the same sacraments under the one Shepherd, Jesus Christ your Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Learn more with CTS booklet A Year with the English Saints, edited by Fr Marcus Holden