Feast of Blessed Roman Archutowski (April 18)   Leave a comment

Above:  Blessed Roman Archutowski

Image in the Public Domain

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BLESSED ROMAN ARCHUTOWSKI (AUGUST 5, 1882-APRIL 18, 1943)

Polish Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1943

Alternative feast day = June 12

During World War II many Christians in Europe and Muslims in norther Africa rendered assistance to their Jewish neighbors.  These acts of kindness, hospitality, and decency placed those who committed them in mortal danger.  Blessed Roman Archutowski and many others walked the road that began with hospitality and ended in martyrdom.

Archutowski was a priest.  He, born on at Karolin, Poland (not a nation-state at the time), received ordination to the priesthood in 1904.  Our saint served at Jezow in 1904-1905 then studied theology further at St. Petersburg in 1905-1910.  After that he returned to Warsaw, where he served as the Prefect (1910-1925), then the Director (1925-1940) of St. Stanislaus Kostka Gymnasium.  From 1940 to 1942 our saint served as the Rector of the theological seminary in Warsaw.

Helping Jews was a capital offense in the German-occupied portion of Poland.  Archutowski obeyed the laws of God, not the Third Reich.  For this authorities arrested in September 1942, tortured him, and detained him for a month.  Then, on November 10, 1942, authorities arrested our saint again.  Ultimately they transported him to Lublin concentration camp, where he contracted typhoid fever, which cost him his life.  Archutowski received the crown of martyrdom on April 18, 1943.

Pope John Paul II declared Archutowski a Venerable then a Blessed in 1999.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 11, 2017 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF NATHAN SODERBLOM, SWEDISH ECUMENIST AND ARCHBISHOP OF UPPSALA

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Almighty God, by whose grace and power your holy martyr Blessed Roman Archutowski

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

Revelation 7:13-17

Luke 12:2-12

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 714

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