Readers asked to pray to the martyrs
wITH the approval of Cardinal Griffin, Fr. Clement Tigar, S.J., Superior of Campion House, Osterley, asks all the readers of The Catholic Herald to Join in a novena to the English Martyrs from August 1 to 9 for the miraculous cure of two young men suffering from monocytic leucemia. They have been given up by the doctors.
If we want our English Martyrs canonised we must pray
for miracles through their intercession," says Fr. Tigar.
The prayers suggested are the " Memorare" and the invocation " pray for them " after the names of Blessed Edward Campion, Blessed Cuthbert Mayne, Blessed Ralph Sherwin. Blessed Robert Southwell. Blessed Philip Howard and Blessed Margaret Clitherow.
Fr. Tigar believes that now, the Holy Year and the centenary of the restoration of the Hierarchy, is the timefor a nation-wide intercession for miracles to hasten the canonisation of the martyrs.
August 1 is the Feast of St. Peterin-Chains, for loyalty to whom the martyrs died.
The six martyrs named by Fr. Tigar are outstanding.
Blessed Cuthbert Mayne, a secular priest from Douai, was the proto-martyr of the English seminaries. He was put to death at Launceston on November 10, 1577.
Blessed Ralph Sherwin was the proto-martyr of the English College, Rome. He was martyred at Tyburn on December 1. 1581.
Blessed Edmund Campion was the proto-martyr of the Jesuits. He was put to death with Bleased Ralph Sherwin, Blessed Robert Southwell was one of the most gifted of Elizabethan poets and probably influenced Shakespeare. He was martyred at Tyburn on February 21, 1595.
Blessed Philip Howard, Earl of Arundel and ancestor of the present Duke of Norfolk. died in the Tower of London on October 19, 1595.
Blessed Margaret Clitherow was martyred at York on March 25.1586, for harbouring priests at her house. This house, now 35-36 The Shambles. was bought by the late rector of St. Wilfred's, York, aid is to be made into a chapel.
Mgr. Hawkswell, Vicar Capitular of Leeds, began a novena on Sunday in the Church of the English
Martyrs, York. The service each evening consists of sermon. prayers to the martyrs. Benediction and veneration of the hand of Blessed Margaret Clitherow.