Friday, 7 August 2009

Martyrs' Day

Today is the feast of the Lancaster Martyrs, the 15 priests and laymen who were executed in this city for their Catholic faith. Throughout the day candles will burn by the plaque which lists their names; this has also been decorated with flowers for the feast. The day is marked as a solemnity in this parish, with: Mass at 12:15pm; a walk to the execution site, where the Rosary will be said (leaves the Cathedral at 3pm); Exposition at 5pm and Sung Vespers, Benediction and Litany of the Lancaster Martyrs beginning at 5:30pm. You are most welcome to come to all or part of the day.

Billington's Blog has posts about each martyr on the anniversary of his death; today you can read about the final three to be executed, who were martyred on this day in 1646. You can find the blog here.