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Invocation

Feast of the Seven FMM Martyrs of China

 

                 

   

On 27th June, the political situation became extremely tense in China. The Bishops, fearing for the religious sisters asked them to put on Chinese clothes and try to save themselves. Mother Marie Hermine, the Superior responded in the name of all.
"For the love of God, do not prevent us from dying with you. If our courage is weak… believe me that God who sends the test will give us strength to meet it bravely. We fear neither death nor torments… We came here to exercise charity and to shed our blood for the love of Jesus Christ if need be”

They were massacred on 9th July 1900. The Church celebrates their feast on the eve of martyrdom - 8th july.

                                             

Our dear martyrs, following Christ you we so heroic to lay down your lives for your people. Obtain for us the grace to be staunch in faith and manifest joyfully Christ in our daily endeavors and need be  prepared to shed our blood as well like you.. Bless all people of God wit faith, hope and love.

           

 

 

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