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Above:  Blessed Zygmunt Sajna

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BLESSED ZYGMUNT SAJNA (JANUARY 20, 1897-SEPTEMBER 17, 1940)

Polish Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1940

Alternative feast day (as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II) = June 12

Blessed Zygmunt Sajna, born in the village of Zurawlowska (now in Poland) on January 20, 1897, became a priest in the Archdiocese of Warsaw.  He, having attended seminary in Warsaw, received ordination in 1924.  Our saint studied canon law at the Gregorian University, Rome, from 1924 to 1926, with some health-related interruptions.  (Sajna suffered from lung and heart diseases.)  After graduating in 1926 our saint returned to Poland, becoming the chaplain at the Convent of the Immaculate Conception, Szymanow.  Our saint served in several parishes in Warsaw from 1931 to 1938, then as the parish priest in Góra Kalwaria.

The invasion of Poland (September 1939), followed by the German and Soviet partition, caused much otherwise avoidable violence and martyrdom.  Sajna lived in the German zone.  He, arrested in December 1939, spent the rest of his life as a prisoner.  Our saint was initially under house arrest.  He, forbidden to act as a priest, declined to accept an opportunity to escape; he was dedicated to serving his flock.  In April 1940 authorities transferred Sajna to Warsaw.  In prison our saint always kept his rosary and breviary with him.  He also paid Masses and heard confessions.  Our saint, beaten and tortured, his front teeth knocked out, died as a victim of the Palmiry Massacre on September 17, 1940.  He was 43 years old.

Pope John Paul II declared Sajna a Venerable and beatified him in 1999.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 20, 2018 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT ZACCHAEUS, PENITENT TAX COLLECTOR AND ROMAN COLLABORATOR

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Almighty God, who gave to your servant Blessed Zygmunt Sajna

boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world,

and courage to die for this faith:

Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us,

and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

2 Esdras 2:42-48

Psalm 126 or 121

1 Peter 3:14-18, 22

Matthew 10:16-22

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 713

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