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Anniversary of the death of Henri Vergès

08/05/2019: General House

Today, May 8, the Church celebrates for the first time the liturgical feast of the martyrs of Algeria. The decree of beatification of Mon. Claverie and 18 of his companions who were martyred, proclaimed during the feast of his beatification - celebrated in Oran on December 8, 2018 -, marks in the universal liturgical calendar on May 8, as the date of the feast of these martyrs. This date coincides with the martyrdom of Brother Henri Vergés, who is part of this group of blessed martyrs.

On March 25, 2019, feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments approved the text in Latin and French of the opening prayer and the text in French of readings of the Liturgy of the Hours in honor of Bishop Pedro Claverie and his religious companions and martyrs.

The timeframe passed between the publication of the official texts and the celebration of the feast has not given time to make translation and official approval in other languages. For that reason, are published on the web only Latin and French versions.

The texts of the Mass correspond to the common martyrs, for several martyrs or to the common saints.

The religious institutions to which the martyrs of this group belong may include the feast of each of them in their own liturgical calendars with their appropriate texts once approved by the ecclesiastical authority.

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Br. Antonio Martínez Estaún, Postulator general

 

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