Saturday, February 6, 2010

Patronal feast day

Today is one of the two patronal feast days of our parish church, Our Lady of the Annunciation and the Martyrs of Japan.

St Paul Miki and his 25 companions were martyred, by crucifixion, in Nagasaki on 5 February 1597.  Of the 26, six were European Franciscan missionaries, three (including St Paul Miki) were Japanese Jesuits and the remaining 17 were Japanese laymen. Three were children, or at least young boys.

The Japanese Martyrs were added to the General Calendar in 1969.