The First Holy Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church
June 30, 2017

Many Christians who were tortured, crucified, and burned alive in 64 in Nero's gardens on the Vatican Hill are honored today.

These nameless men and women martyrs that the Church honors are the sacrifical lambs of anti-Christian hatred.  They represent all who suffered or are suffering religious persecution throughout the world.

Opening Prayer: Father, you sanctified the Church of Rome with the blood of its firtst martyrs.  May we find strength from their courage and rejoice in their triumph.

In our prayers today, we pray for those Missionaries who proclaim the Gospel with words and with their lives to peoples, cultures and nations throughout the world.