The American Martyrs

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

From the very beginning of the Church, Christians have honored their holy martyrs – those brave men and women who accepted death rather than deny their Lord Jesus. One of the earliest examples of this veneration of martyrs is an ancient Christian document known as The Martyrdom of Polycarp which tells the story of a Christian bishop who was a direct disciple of the Apostle John the Evangelist and who was martyred in the year 165 A.D. But for us in 21st century America martyrs are often distant figures from another generation and another place. We honor the memory of St. George and St. Demetrios but they lived long ago and far away. However our land of America has been blessed by several holy men who accepted martyrdom for their faith in Jesus Christ: some who met death on our shores and some who ministered here and then met martyrdom when they returned to their native lands. Others are honored as confessors: that is those who suffered for their faith in Christ but had peaceful deaths. Read more...