Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Saint Martin I, Pope and Martyr

From the Liturgy of the Hours:

Saint Martin was born at Todi in Umbria. He became a member of the clergy of Rome and was elected pope in 649. He convened the council which condemned the heresy of the Monothelites. In 653 he was taken prisoner by the Emperor Constans and detained in Constantinople where he was forced to suffer many indignities. Finally, having been exiled to Kherson, he died in 656.

Merciful God, our Father, neither hardship, pain, nor the threat of death could weaken the faith of Saint Martin. Through our faith, give us the courage to endure whatever sufferings the world may inflict upon us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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