Today is the Feast Day of English Martyr, Saint Edmund Campion.
Edmund Campion (25 January 1540 – 1 December 1581) was an English Catholic Jesuit priest and martyr. While conducting an underground ministry, Campion was arrested by priest hunters. Convicted of high treason, he was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Campion was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and canonised in 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
The actual ropes used in his execution of Campion are now kept in glass display tubes at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire; each year they are placed on the altar of St Peter's Church for Mass to celebrate Campion's feast day — which is always a holiday for the school. We recently sent the school some copies of our prayer cards of Edmund Campion for their archives.
Let us pray Campion's prayer:
Lord, fill me with your peace. Help me to share it with everyone.
The image is from one of the prayer cards printed by the Shrine of Saint Jude in the 1950s.
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