紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Laurentius Bai Xiaoman and Chinese Martyrs, Martyr
Laurentius Bai Xiaoman was a Roman Catholic saint from China. He was born in 1821 in Guizhou to a poor family and became an orphan at a young age. He married in his 30s and had a daughter. Augustus Chapdelaine, a French missionary went to Guangxi in the 1850s to preach the gospel. At this time, Christian missionaries were forbidden to enter the interior of China away from the treaty ports. Bai was baptized as a Catholic in 1855 and took the name 'Lawrence'. He became closely attached to Chapdelaine.
During the persecution of Christianity, in 1856, Chapdelaine and Bai Xiaman were arrested. Fifteen others were also arrested, including another saint named Agnes Tsao Kou Ying. They were put to death.
Almighty and living God,
from whom Saint Bai Xiaoman and the holy Martyrs of China draw perseverance and strength in witnessing to Christ even at the cost of lives,
grant us fidelity in faith and capability to sustain adversity, so that people may recognize your merciful love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.