Martyrs (d. 1862)
+ These five laymen (four farmers and a doctor) were all residents of the village of Làng Cóc, Vietnam. Their names are Anrê Tuong, aminh Nguyen, aminh Nguyen uc Mao, aminh Nhi, and Vinh Son Tuong.
+ During the persecutions ordered by the emperor Tu Duc, each man was ordered to step on a cross to show that they were not Christians.
+ Each of the five martyrs refused and were subsequently arrested and imprisoned. They were beheaded in their village on June 16, 1862.
+ These martyrs were canonized with other martyrs from Vietnam in 1988.
“However important programs of formation and strategies for evangelization may be, in the end it is martyrdom which reveals to the world the very essence of the Christian message. The word itself, “martyr”, means witness, and those who have shed their blood for Christ have borne the ultimate witness to the true value of the Gospel.”—Pope Saint John Paul II, Ecclesia in Asia
Grant a joyful outcome to our prayers, O Lord, so that we, who each year devoutly honor the day of the passion of the holy Martyrs of Làng Cóc, may also imitate the constancy of their faith. 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.
(from The Roman Missal: Common of Martyrs—For Several Martyrs)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.