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Saint Paul Miki, Priest and Companions - Christian Martyrs of Japan
Saint Paul Miki, Priest and Companions - Christian Martyrs of Japan
Saint Paul Miki, Priest and Companions - Christian Martyrs of Japan
Saint Paul Miki, Priest and Companions - Christian Martyrs of Japan
 
 
 

 
 

The Nagasaki Martyrs; Cuzco School; 18th-19th century; Choir of La Recoleta, Cuzco, Peru;
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You will be my witnesses
From the History of the Martyrdom of Saints Paul Miki and Companions, written by a contemporary author
(Chapter 14, 109-110: Acta Sanctorum Februarii 1, 769)


Once crucified, it was admirable to see the steadfastness of all who were exhorted by the prayers of Father Pasio and Father Rodriguez. Father Bursar stood motionless, his eyes fixed on the sky and heaven. Brother Martin sang psalms in thanksgiving to divine goodness, adding the verse: "Into your hands, Lord, I entrust my spirit." Brother Francis Branco also thanked God in a clear voice. Brother Gonsalvo in a loud voice prayed the Our Father and Hail Mary.

Paul Miki, our brother, seeing himself standing in the noblest pulpit he had ever occupied, began by frankly expressing to those present that he was Japanese; that he belonged to the Company of Jesus; that he would die for having preached the Gospel, and that he thanked God for such a worthy benefit. He then added these words:

"As I come to this crucial moment of my existence, I do not believe there is anybody among you that thinks I pretend to disguise the truth. I thus declare that the only path that leads one to salvation is the one that is followed by the Christians. And, as this path teaches me to forgive all enemies and all who have offended me, I forgive to a great degree the emperor and all those who have contributed to my death, and I ask them that they may want to receive the Christian initiation of Baptism."

Afterwards, turning his eyes to his companions, he began to encourage them in their decisive fight. In everyone's faces one could see a special joy, and in Louis’ most of all. When another Christian in the crowd cried out to Paul that he would soon be in paradise, everybody became attracted to first his hands, then his body, as he gestured full of great joy.

Anthony, hanging at Louis’ side, with his eyes fixed upward toward heaven, after having invoked the most Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, started to sing the psalm: "Praise Ye, servants of the Lord" which he learned in Catechism class in Nagasaki, as they took care to teach the children some psalms. Others, finaly, repeated with a serene countenance:

"Jesus, Mary!"

Some of them also exhorted those present to a life worthy of being Christian; with these and other similar actions they demonstrated their prompt disposition before death. Then, the four executioners began to unsheathe their spears, according to Japanese custom. Before this horrendous spectacle all the faithful began to yell:

"Jesus, Mary!"

Not only that, but they broke out into a storm of anguished weeping capable of reaching heaven itself. The executioners killed each of the crucified, with one thrust of the spear, then a second blow. In a moment, they put an end to their lives.

PRAYER

Lord God, fortitude of the martyrs, who wanted Saint Paul Miki and his Companions to reach eternal life, dying on a cross for confessing the true faith, grant us, by his intercession, to proclaim with valor our faith even to the point of spilling for her, if needed, our own blood. By our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Translated from the Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
You will be my witnesses
From the History of the Martyrdom of Saints Paul Miki and Companions, written by a contemporary author
(Chapter 14, 109-110: Acta Sanctorum Februarii 1, 769)


Once crucified, it was admirable to see the steadfastness of all who were exhorted by the prayers of Father Pasio and Father Rodriguez. Father Bursar stood motionless, his eyes fixed on the sky and heaven. Brother Martin sang psalms in thanksgiving to divine goodness, adding the verse: "Into your hands, Lord, I entrust my spirit." Brother Francis Branco also thanked God in a clear voice. Brother Gonsalvo in a loud voice prayed the Our Father and Hail Mary.

Paul Miki, our brother, seeing himself standing in the noblest pulpit he had ever occupied, began by frankly expressing to those present that he was Japanese; that he belonged to the Company of Jesus; that he would die for having preached the Gospel, and that he thanked God for such a worthy benefit. He then added these words:

"As I come to this crucial moment of my existence, I do not believe there is anybody among you that thinks I pretend to disguise the truth. I thus declare that the only path that leads one to salvation is the one that is followed by the Christians. And, as this path teaches me to forgive all enemies and all who have offended me, I forgive to a great degree the emperor and all those who have contributed to my death, and I ask them that they may want to receive the Christian initiation of Baptism."

Afterwards, turning his eyes to his companions, he began to encourage them in their decisive fight. In everyone's faces one could see a special joy, and in Louis’ most of all. When another Christian in the crowd cried out to Paul that he would soon be in paradise, everybody became attracted to first his hands, then his body, as he gestured full of great joy.

Anthony, hanging at Louis’ side, with his eyes fixed upward toward heaven, after having invoked the most Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, started to sing the psalm: "Praise Ye, servants of the Lord" which he learned in Catechism class in Nagasaki, as they took care to teach the children some psalms. Others, finaly, repeated with a serene countenance:

"Jesus, Mary!"

Some of them also exhorted those present to a life worthy of being Christian; with these and other similar actions they demonstrated their prompt disposition before death. Then, the four executioners began to unsheathe their spears, according to Japanese custom. Before this horrendous spectacle all the faithful began to yell:

"Jesus, Mary!"

Not only that, but they broke out into a storm of anguished weeping capable of reaching heaven itself. The executioners killed each of the crucified, with one thrust of the spear, then a second blow. In a moment, they put an end to their lives.

PRAYER

Lord God, fortitude of the martyrs, who wanted Saint Paul Miki and his Companions to reach eternal life, dying on a cross for confessing the true faith, grant us, by his intercession, to proclaim with valor our faith even to the point of spilling for her, if needed, our own blood. By our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Translated from the Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
 
 

 
 

Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan Memorial Shrine; Monument by Yasultake Funakoshi, Japanese sculptor; 1962, Nagasaki, Japan;
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Pilgrim to the Hill of Martyrs
The Message of Pope John Paul II in Nagasaki, (1981)

1. Today, I want to be one of the many Pilgrims who come to the Martyrs’ Hill here in Nagasaki, to the place where Christians sealed their fidelity to Christ with the sacrifice of their lives. They triumphed over death in one unsurpassable act of praise to the Lord. In prayerful reflection before the Martyrs’ monument, I would like to penetrate the mystery of their lives, to let them speak to me and to the whole Church, and to listen to their message which is still alive after hundreds of years. Like Christ, they were brought close to a place where common criminals were executed. Like Christ, they gave their lives so that we might all believe in the love of the Father, in the saving mission of the Son, in the never-failing guidance of the Holy Spirit. On Nishizaka, on February 5, 1597, twenty-six Martyrs testified to the power of the Cross; they were the first of a rich harvest of Martyrs, for many more would subsequently hallow this ground with their suffering and death.

2. There is no greater love than this: "to lay down one’s life for one’s friends" (Jn 15:13)."Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it bears much fruit" (Jn 12:24). Christians died in Nagasaki, but the Church in Nagasaki did not die. She had to go underground, and the Christian message was passed from parents to Children until the Church came back into the open. Rooted in this Martyrs’ Hill, the Church in Nagasaki would grow and bloom, to become an example of faith and fidelity for Christians everywhere, an expression of hope founded in the Risen Christ.

3. Today, I come to this place as a pilgrim to give thanks to God for the lives and the death of the Martyrs of Nagasaki - for the twenty-six and all the others that followed them-- including the newly beatified heroes of Christ’s grace. I thank God for the lives of all those, wherever they may be, who suffer for their faith in God, for their allegiance to Christ the Savior, for their fidelity to the Church. Every age -- the past, the present and the future -- produces, for the edification of all, shining examples of the power that is in Jesus Christ.

Today, I come to the Martyrs’ Hill to bear witness to the primacy of love in the world. In this holy place, people of all walks of life gave proof that love is stronger than death. They embodied the essence of the Christian message, the spirit of the Beatitudes, so that all who look up to them may be inspired to let their lives be shaped by unselfish love of God and love of neighbor.

Today, I, John Paul II, Bishop of Rome and Successor of Peter, come to Nishizaka to pray that this monument may speak to modern man just as the crosses on this hill spoke to those who were eye-witnesses centuries ago. May this monument speak to the world forever about love, about Christ!

Nagasaki, Nishizaka, February 26, 1981

www.26martyrs.com - published with prior permission


 
Pilgrim to the Hill of Martyrs
The Message of Pope John Paul II in Nagasaki, (1981)

1. Today, I want to be one of the many Pilgrims who come to the Martyrs’ Hill here in Nagasaki, to the place where Christians sealed their fidelity to Christ with the sacrifice of their lives. They triumphed over death in one unsurpassable act of praise to the Lord. In prayerful reflection before the Martyrs’ monument, I would like to penetrate the mystery of their lives, to let them speak to me and to the whole Church, and to listen to their message which is still alive after hundreds of years. Like Christ, they were brought close to a place where common criminals were executed. Like Christ, they gave their lives so that we might all believe in the love of the Father, in the saving mission of the Son, in the never-failing guidance of the Holy Spirit. On Nishizaka, on February 5, 1597, twenty-six Martyrs testified to the power of the Cross; they were the first of a rich harvest of Martyrs, for many more would subsequently hallow this ground with their suffering and death.

2. There is no greater love than this: "to lay down one’s life for one’s friends" (Jn 15:13)."Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it bears much fruit" (Jn 12:24). Christians died in Nagasaki, but the Church in Nagasaki did not die. She had to go underground, and the Christian message was passed from parents to Children until the Church came back into the open. Rooted in this Martyrs’ Hill, the Church in Nagasaki would grow and bloom, to become an example of faith and fidelity for Christians everywhere, an expression of hope founded in the Risen Christ.

3. Today, I come to this place as a pilgrim to give thanks to God for the lives and the death of the Martyrs of Nagasaki - for the twenty-six and all the others that followed them-- including the newly beatified heroes of Christ’s grace. I thank God for the lives of all those, wherever they may be, who suffer for their faith in God, for their allegiance to Christ the Savior, for their fidelity to the Church. Every age -- the past, the present and the future -- produces, for the edification of all, shining examples of the power that is in Jesus Christ.

Today, I come to the Martyrs’ Hill to bear witness to the primacy of love in the world. In this holy place, people of all walks of life gave proof that love is stronger than death. They embodied the essence of the Christian message, the spirit of the Beatitudes, so that all who look up to them may be inspired to let their lives be shaped by unselfish love of God and love of neighbor.

Today, I, John Paul II, Bishop of Rome and Successor of Peter, come to Nishizaka to pray that this monument may speak to modern man just as the crosses on this hill spoke to those who were eye-witnesses centuries ago. May this monument speak to the world forever about love, about Christ!

Nagasaki, Nishizaka, February 26, 1981

www.26martyrs.com - published with prior permission


 
 
 

 
 

Saint Philip of Jesus Church (part of the Twenty-six Martyrs Memorial Shrine and Museum), Nagasaki, Japan;
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The Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument were built on Nishizaka Hill in Nagasaki, Japan in June 1962 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the canonization by the Roman Catholic Church of the Christians executed on the site on February 5, 1597. The 26 people, a mixture of 20 native Japanese Christians and six foreign priests (four Spaniards, one Mexican and one Indian) had been arrested in Kyoto and Osaka on the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the national ruler, for preaching Christianity. They were imprisoned, then later marched through the snow to Nagasaki, so that their execution might serve as a deterrent to Nagasaki’s large Christian population. Hung up on 26 crosses with chains and ropes, the Christians were lanced to death in front of a large crowd on Nishizaka Hill. St Paul Miki is said to have preached to the crowd from his cross.


 

The Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument were built on Nishizaka Hill in Nagasaki, Japan in June 1962 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the canonization by the Roman Catholic Church of the Christians executed on the site on February 5, 1597. The 26 people, a mixture of 20 native Japanese Christians and six foreign priests (four Spaniards, one Mexican and one Indian) had been arrested in Kyoto and Osaka on the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the national ruler, for preaching Christianity. They were imprisoned, then later marched through the snow to Nagasaki, so that their execution might serve as a deterrent to Nagasaki’s large Christian population. Hung up on 26 crosses with chains and ropes, the Christians were lanced to death in front of a large crowd on Nishizaka Hill. St Paul Miki is said to have preached to the crowd from his cross.


 
 
 
 
February 6 Saint Paul Miki, Jesuit Priest (1562-1597) and Companions, Twenty-six Christian Martyrs of Japan (+1597)


 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.