Triduum of Prayer to the Blessed Martyrs of Compiègne – Day 2

Scripture
Psalm 62

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
    from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

How long will you assail a person,
    will you batter your victim, all of you,
    as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
    They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
    but inwardly they curse.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
    for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us.

Those of low estate are but a breath,
    those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
    they are together lighter than a breath.
Put no confidence in extortion,
    and set no vain hopes on robbery;
    if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

Once God has spoken;
    twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
    and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all
    according to their work.

Reading
To Quell the Terror, Chap. 4
Abbé de la Marche, a refractory priest exercising a clandestine ministry in Compiègne, counseled Blessed Constance of Jesus, the novice and protomartyr of the Blessed Martyrs of Compiègne during the months that followed their expulsion from the cloister

“My daughter, are wounds inflicted upon your ear when your sisters speak of the guillotine?”

“No, Father. . . .”

“Now I’m going to imagine that they come to take you to prison. . . .”

“Ah! please Father!”

“But come on now—do you really suffer from that?”

“No, Father. . . .”

“Well, next they lead you to the Revolutionary Tribunal where you are condemned to death; do you feel any pain?”

“No. . . .”

“They order you up the steps of the scaffold—does that hurt?”

“No, Father. . . .”

“Well, finally they place you under the blade and tell you to lower your head—is that a torture?”

“Not yet. . . .”

“Then the executioner lets the blade fall and you feel your head separated from your body and you enter paradise—are you happy?”

“Yes, Father . . . I’m no longer afraid.”

Blessed Constance of Jesus (Marie-Geneviève Meunier), novice

Prayer for the Canonization of the Martyrs of Compiègne

Lord our God,
you called the sixteen Blessed Carmelites of Compiègne
to show you the greatest witness to love
through the offering of their blood
“so that peace may be restored to Church and State.”
Remember the heroic and joyful fidelity
with which they glorified you.
May your goodness manifest their favor at your side,
by granting through their intercession
the grace that we ask of you
in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
(mention here)
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Report favors received to:

Discalced Carmelite Order
General Postulation of the Causes of the Saints
Casa Generalizia dei Carmelitani Scalzi
Corso d’Italia 38 – 00198 Roma (RM)
ITALIA

The Discalced Carmelites continue to gather testimonies of graces and favors received to present a Process of Equipollent Canonization of the Blessed Martyrs of Compiègne.
Learn how you can help in this effort.

Send your testimonies to
Ms. Claire Millet ocds

Bush, W. 1999, To quell the terror: the mystery of the vocation of the sixteen Carmelites of Compiègne guillotined July 17, 1794, ICS Publications, Washington, D.C.

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