Today we honor St. Christopher Magallanes, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs.
Christopher and his twenty-four companion martyrs were members of the Cristero movement, a response to anti-Catholic government in Mexico in the 1920s. The government was determined to weaken the Catholic faith of its people. Churches, schools and seminaries were closed; foreign clergy were expelled. Under the Cristero movement, members pledged their allegiance to Christ and to the church that he established to spread the Good News in society—even if Mexico's leaders had made it a crime to receive baptism or celebrate the Mass.
Christopher's last words were: "I am innocent and I die innocent. I forgive with all my heart those responsible for my death, and I ask God that the shedding of my blood serve the peace of our divided Mexico".
These martyrs were beatified in 1992 and canonized eight years later.
A major motion picture depicts the story of these martyrs. It is entitled "For Greater Glory." If you have not seen this film yet, I highly recommend it. It is excellent!
Prayer for the Intercession of St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions
Almighty and eternal God,
who made the Priest Saint Christopher Magallanes
and his companions
faithful to Christ the King even to the point
grant us, through their intercession,
that, persevering in confession of the true faith,
we may always hold fast to the commandments
of your love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.