Saint Of The Week 01.05.17

 
On 4 May 1535, at Tyburn in London, there died three monks, the first of many martyrs of the English Reformation.
The martyrs celebrated today came from every walk of life. There were rich and poor; married and single; men and women. They are remembered for the example they gave of courage in the face of persecution.
From 2001, there are also celebrated on this day the forty martyrs of England and Wales who were canonized on 25 October 1970 – these include our very own St Margaret Ward.
This week we pray for a strength of faith and for the courage to stand up in the face of unjust persecution.