Today is the feast of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, a group of 22 martyrs from Uganda who died on June 3, 1886. The prayers from today’s Mass are very powerful. I have copied some below. They reveal some of the mysterious power that the Eucharist brings to the martyrs and how it leads them to such perfect zeal. As we ourselves suffer in a society that doesn’t want us, keep in mind the power of redemptive suffering. Don’t lose heart. Be strong and wait for the Lord to work.
Father, you have made the blood of martyrs the seed of Christians. May the witness of St. Charles Lwanga and his companions and their loyalty to Christ in the face of torture inspire countless men and women to live the Christian faith.
Prayer over the gifts
Lord, accept the gifts we present at your altar. As you gave your holy martyrs courage to die rather than sin, help us to give ourselves completely to you.
Prayer after Communion
Lord, at the celebration of the triumph of your martyrs, we have received the sacraments which helped them endure their sufferings. In the midst of our own hardships may this Eucharist keep us steadfast in faith and love.