Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September 24: Martyrs of Chalcedon



History


When Diocletian became emperor of Rome at the end of the third century, Christians were enjoying a time of peace. But then other politicians influenced him, and he started attacking Christians. One day, his soldiers gathered up an entire church choir in the town of Chalcedon - a group of forty-nine people - and executed all of them.

Activity


All around the world, in every Catholic Church, there are people who sing in choirs to help lead us all into a deeper and more beautiful worship of Christ. Though most of them will never have to sacrifice their lives, they do sacrifice their time to practice and sing at Mass. Today, pray for all the people in the choir at your church. Don't forget the person who directs the choir, too!

All the Martyrs of Chalcedon, pray for us! 

More reading for parents: 

Saints SQPN
Catholic Online 

Last year, we learned about Saint Rupert of Salzburg and watched "The Sound of Music."

SPECIAL NOTE: Today is the first day of 40 Days for Life, an annual campaign to pray and fast for children in danger of being aborted, their mothers, and everybody who is connected with the abortion industry. To learn more about how you can be involved, visit 40DaysForLife.com.