Above: Icon of Blessed Metodej Dominik Trcka
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BLESSED METODEJ DOMINIK TRCKA (JULY 6, 1886-MARCH 23, 1959)
Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr
Metodej Dominik Trcka, born at Frydlant nad Ostravici, Ostravski, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now the Czech Republic), on July 6, 1886, died as a martyr in an isolation cell in Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) on March 23, 1959. His religious vocation led to his death behind the Iron Curtain. Trcka joined the Redemptorist order in 1904, at the age of 17 years. Six years later, at Prague, he became a priest. In 1946 he rose to the rank of vice-provincial of the order. The government of Czechoslovakia outlawed religious communities on April 14, 1950. This placed our saint in peril. After a brief show trial in April 1952 the court sentenced Trcka to prison for 12 years. Guards tortured him frequently for the remainder of his life. In March 1959 the 72-year-old saint died of pneumonia in an isolation cell where guards had sent him for singing a Christmas carol.
Pope John Paul II declared Trcka a Venerable then a Blessed in 2001.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JANUARY 28, 2017 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINTS ALBERT THE GREAT AND THOMAS AQUINAS, ROMAN CATHOLIC THEOLOGIANS
THE FEAST OF CHARLES KINGSLEY, ANGLICAN PRIEST, NOVELIST, AND HYMN WRITER
THE FEAST OF JOSEPH BARNBY, ANGLICAN CHURCH MUSICIAN AND COMPOSER
THE FEAST OF RICHARD FREDERICK LITTLEDALE, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND TRANSLATOR OF HYMNS
Almighty God, by whose grace and power your holy martyr Blessed Metodej Dominik Trcka
triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death:
Grant us, who now remember him in thanksgiving,
to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world,
that we may receive with him the crown of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 51:1-12
Psalm 116 or 116:1-8
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 714