Fri, 28 December 2018
O blessed martyr
who died in the cathedral,
murdered by the king of this world
as you defended the Chair of Peter
and the true faith of the Church –
where can we find bishops like yourself;
how shall the Church be led
without holy apostles
willing to give their lives
in whose place they stand?
Pray for us, devout shepherd,
that many will be inspired
by your example
to follow in the footsteps of our Lord
and defend the faith
even unto the shedding of blood,
for what is the shedding of blood in this world
compared with the light of Heaven
you now know in our Savior’s presence?
Pray for us and let us pray with you,
seeking truth and love
in our pilgrimage on this earth.