Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20: Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions

Image of the Korean Martyrs from the Vatican

History

Most people in Korea did not know about Jesus until the 1600s, when some Christians moved there. In time, there was such a large group of Christians, the lay leaders needed help, so the Paris Foreign Mission Society sent some missionaries to teach the people. Unfortunately, in the 1900, the Korean rulers began to attack Christians. A total of 103 Christians were killed, including the first Korean priest, Andrew Kim Taegon, and a lay teacher, Paul Chong Hasang. In fact, most of the Christians who were killed were ordinary men, women and children who died simply because they loved Jesus.

Activity

To honor these martyrs today, make a traditional Korean chicken and poached egg soup for supper. This recipe is quick and fairly easy – only 30 minutes from start to finish. (Note: Fridays are a day of penance for Catholics. While some of us pray an extra Rosary or do some other work of mercy, many still observe the traditional Friday abstinence from meat. If so, you can replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock and replace the shredded chicken with cubed tofu. The optional kochukaru hot sauce can be found at Asian markets and some larger grocery stores, or you can use your own favorite kind of hot sauce.)

Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and other Korean martyrs, pray for us!


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