About St. Paul Miki and Companions
Feast Day: February 6
Twenty six martyrs were crucified on a hillside overlooking Nagasaki, Japan in the year 1597. The best known of these was Br. Paul Miki, a native Japanese Jesuit. The group also included Franciscans and lay people, including children. The Japanese rulers were suspicious of those spreading Christianity in Japan. The martyrs were forced to march 600 miles before being executed.
St. Paul Miki forgave his persecutors before he was crucified.
Patron Saint of…
St. Paul Miki is the patron saint of Japan.
Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of Saint Paul Miki, Priest and Martyr, and His Companions, Martyrs
- First Reading – Galatians 2:19-20 : “I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 126: “Those who sow in tears, shall reap rejoicing.”
- Gospel – Matthew 28:16-20: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
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Ask Christ to help you become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ’s example, I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as fruitful rain.
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