26 Martyrs

The sentence of judgment says these men came to Japan from the Philippines, but I did not come from any other country. I am a true Japanese. The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I certainly did teach the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason I die. I believe that I am telling only the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you to become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ’s example I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain. — パウロ三木 (St. Paul Miki, S.J.)

For the Feast of the 26 Nagasaki Martyrs: 

Saint Paul Miki

Saint Philip of Jesus (the first Mexican saint and patron of Mexico City)

Saint Antonio Dainan 

 Saint Bonaventura of Miyako

Saint Cosme Takeya

Saint Francisco Branco

Saint Francisco of Nagasaki

Saint Francisco of Saint Michael

Saint Gabriel de Duisco

Saint Gaius Francis

Saint Gundisalvus (Gonsalvo) Garcia

Saint Isabel Fernandez

Saint Ignatius Jorjes

Saint James Kisai

Saint Joaquim Saccachibara

Saint Juan Kisaka

Saint Juan Soan de Goto

Saint Leo Karasumaru

Saint Luis Ibaraki

Saint Martin of the Ascension

Saint Mathias of Miyako

Saint Miguel Kozaki

Saint Paulo Ibaraki

Saint Pablo Suzuki

Saint Pedro Bautista   

Saint Pedro Sukejiroo

Saint Thomas Kozaki

Saint Thomas Xico

O God, strength of all the Saints, who through the Cross were pleased to call the Martyrs Saint Paul Miki and companions to life, grant, we pray, that by their intercession we may hold with courage even until death to the faith that we profess.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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