Orthodox-Commemoration of the Holy Protomartyrs of China, – (11th June)24th November 2016

Image Source: Martyrs of China – Saints Resource

MONTH OF JUNE

THE 11TH DAY

Commemoration of the Holy Protomartyrs of China,

Slain during the Boxer Rebellion

AT LITTLE VESPERS

On “Lord, I have cried…”, 4 stichera, in Tone I: Spec. Mel.: “Joy of the ranks of heaven…”—

From Christ, the Judge of the contest, have ye received wreaths woven in the heavens, O all-glorious new-martyrs of the land of China, who in love for God are imitators of the angels. Pray ye in our behalf, that we may navigate Twice

O choir worthy of heaven, ye sacrificed yourselves for the risen Christ, that ye might obtain higher things; and by your pangs and sufferings ye have gladdened multitudes of angels and men. Wherefore, heal the many pangs and sufferings of those who celebrate your memory.

Like stars shining on high in the firmament of the Church of God, ye shed your light upon the Orthodox faithful, gladdening them during their earthly struggle, and filling their souls with the joy which awaiteth those who endure to the end. [more]

Source: Orthodox Liturgical Menaion protomartyrs of China 1

Other:  MARTYRS LEAVE CHINA HERITAGE OF FAITH by Salvatore Zavarella 2

And : The Chinese Martyrs 3

St Augustine Zhao Rong (1746-1815)

18-year-old Chi Zhuzi (1882 – 1900)

14-year-old Wang Anna (1886 – 1900)

The Chinese Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion (+1900)
Contributed by Father Geoffrey Korz.
Orthodox Christianity has often been described as the faith of the martyrs. Without doubt, the centuries have shown among the Orthodox an unparalleled degree of suffering for the sake of Christ’s name. Yet despite the dramatic increase in Orthodox martyrdom in the last century, Orthodox believers living in the comforts of North America remain largely isolated from the suffering of the saints.
Ironically, the Western world has become a more potent—and indeed, more subtle—enemy of Christian Orthodoxy than any regime of the past. Cut off from the struggles of our Christian forebears, we have too readily accepted materialism and hedonism. To be a Christian, especially an Orthodox Christian, has become a fundamentally countercultural calling.
The arrival of the year 2000 marks the centennial of the first martyrs of the last century, and the first known group of Orthodox martyrs from China—a group who knew well the meaning of standing against the social tide of their day. Some of the 222 Orthodox martyrs of June 10/23, 1900, were direct descendants of the Russian mission set up at the end of the seventeenth century, after Russia lost its Albazin outpost to Chinese forces. [ read]

Source: The Holy Chinese Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion 4

Dominican Father Francesco Fernandez de Capillas


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