Readings of the Day
RB: Prologue 45-50
Mass of the Memorial: Rev 7:9, 14b-17; Resp Ps 31; Jn 15:9-17
Mass of the Day: Acts 8:1b-8; Resp Ps 66; Jn 6:35-40
These are the ones who have survived the great time of distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Lord God, Father of Mercy, we give you thanks for the gift of their lives by our brothers and sisters, the Blessed martyrs of the Church of Algeria: your bishop Pierre, Henri and Paul-Héléne, Caridad and Esther, Jean, Charles, Alain and Christian; Angèle-Marie and Bibiane; Odette; Christian, Luc, Christophe, Michel, Paul, Bruno and Célestin.
Like your Son, they gave their lives for their brothers and sisters. You inspired them to remain in faith and fellowship with their Church and with the people of Algeria.
We recognize in their lives the work of your grace and of your Holy Spirit, who led them to give supreme witness. We ask you, Father, that through the prayer of these Blessed martyrs peace and solidarity may prevail over forces of division and evil.
(Imprimatur, 8 September 2018, Mgr Desfarges, Archbishop of Algiers)
AS THE FATHER LOVES ME, SO I LOVE YOU. REMAIN IN MY LOVE.
Blessed Martyrs of Algeria, pray for us.
NB. Today's photo is of a drawing done by our Sr Suzanne. The drawing depicts the Trappist Cistercian monks of Tibhirine, martyrs with 17 others beatified December 8, 2018, in Oran, Algeria.