Vietnamese Martyrs Feast Celebration, November 2015

December 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Director's Blog, Uncategorized, Vietnam

On Sunday, November 8th, 2015 the Vietnamese Community of the Archdiocese of Boston gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross to celebrate a special Mass in honor of the Vietnamese Martyrs. The mass was presided by Cardinal Sean O’Malley OFM Cap, and con celebrated by many priests and deacons of Vietnamese community. 

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Cardinal Sean O’Malley delivering his Homily

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All the priests and Cardinal Séan during the consecration

Every year, the Vietnamese community, Priests, deacons, seminarians, sisters, youth and young adults, children and families all gather to remember what could be as many as 300,000 martyrs named and unnamed, during the course of their history History.

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Cardinal Séan O’Malley before the picture and relic of the Martyr’s of Vietnam

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Children and youth performing a liturgical dance in honor of the Martyrs

“The Vietnamese Martyrs fall into several groupings, those of the Dominican and Jesuit missionary era of the (17th century) and those killed in the Christian persecutions of the 19th century. A representative sample of 117 martyrs — including 96 Vietnamese, 11 Spanish Dominicans, and 10 French members of the Paris Foreign Missions Society (Missions Etrangères de Paris) — were  on four separate occasions”1

 

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The Choir singing traditional Vietnamese Hymns at the ceremony

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Cardinal Séan O’Malley and the children who performed

It was a beautiful ceremony with mass, performances by the children and the youth honoring their martyrs, prayer and fellowship. Let’s pray for the intercession of these martyrs as we in today’s world are experiencing similar persecutions in the Middle East and Africa.

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