Martyrs of Vietnam
(Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions)
Feastday: November 24
The 117 Martyrs of Vietnam are 96 Vietnamese priests and laity, eleven Spanish Dominicans and ten priests of the Society of Foreign Missions from Paris. Among the laity, twelve were associated with the Order. They were tortured and murdered between 1798 and 1861.
On June 19, 1988, a small number of them, one hundred and seventeen martyrs, were canonized by Pope John Paul II. Among them are ninety-six Vietnamese, priests and laity (men and women), eleven Spanish Dominicans and ten priests of the Society of the Foreign Missions of Paris.
Centuries later, in 1988, these people were canonized by Pope John Paul II. With that the Pope wanted to say that these people have been an example to others. They were brave and brave people.
O Vietnamese Martyrs, with the Grace of God, you had victoriously implanted the mustard seed of Faith that grew into the Church of Vietnam. Your courageous sacrifice had reserved your Heavenly rest. United with you, we offer our gratitudes and thanks to God and the Holy Mother, for all of your martyrdom and your lives that we now celebrate.
We beseech you, as your descendants, to follow your Faith in humility, charity and love. When we are in despair and danger, please aid and console us in fulfilling the Father's Will and carry our crosses to Eternal Glory.