The 30 Franciscan Martyrs of Siroki Brijeg
Dear Family of Mary!
“…You will find strength in the Eucharist-my Son who feeds you with His Body and strengthens you with His Blood…” (February 2, 2020)
St. Faustina wrote a beautiful litany to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Her prayer will help us to strengthen our devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist:
St. Faustina’s Litany to the Blessed Host
O Blessed Host, in whom is contained the testament of God’s mercy for us, and especially for poor sinners.
O Blessed Host, in whom is contained the infinite price of mercy which will compensate for all our debts, and especially those of poor sinners.
O Blessed Host, our only hope in the toil and monotony of everyday life.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2020
PS. Today is the 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the 30 Franciscan Friars of Siroki Brijeg. WE know that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament was their strength!! Here is a short paragraph about these powerful martyrs:
“The Thirty Franciscan Martyrs of Siroki Brijeg. Thousands of pilgrims visit the Franciscan Monastery in Siroki Brijeg every year, about one hour distant from Medjugorje. On 7th February 1945 the Communist soldiers arrived and said, “God is dead, there is no God, there is no Pope, there is no Church, there is no need of you, you also go out in the world and work.” The communists forgot that the Franciscans were working, most of the Franciscans were teaching in the adjoining school. Some of the Franciscans were famous professors and had written books. The communists asked them to remove their habits. The Franciscans refused. One angry soldier took the Crucifix and threw it on the floor. He said, “you can now choose either life or death.” Each of the Franciscans knelt down, embraced the Crucifix and said, “You are my God and my All.” The thirty Franciscans were taken out and slaughtered and their bodies burned in a nearby cave where their remains lay for many years. Today they are buried inside the Franciscan church. In our Gospel today Jesus said, “if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven.” The thirty Franciscan martyrs of Siroki Brijeg are a powerful example of declaring oneself in the presence of others for Jesus. They lived something else Jesus also said in the Gospel, ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell.’
As we remember these holy men, we can ask for their intercession for us in these days, that we will be faithful to Jesus to the very end of our lives.