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"Your holy martyrs, Nicholas, Vasyl, Zenon and Ivan, followed the example of Christ, and gave their lives for the glory of your name.

Their death reveals your power shining through our human weakness.

You choose the weak to make them strong in bearing witness to you through Jesus Christ our Lord.

In our unending joy we echo on earth the song of the angel in heaven as they praise your glory for ever."

(from the Preface of the Mass)

Solemnity of the Redemptorist Martyrs of Ukraine: 28 June

Mass Readings

  • 1st Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-13; 3:10-12; Responsorial Psalm: Ps 124; Response: "Those who lay down their life for the Lord's sake, will rise with the Lord."; Gospel Matthew 10:17-22.

​​​​​​​​​The four Redemptorist Martyrs of Ukraine were Bishop Nicholas Charnetsky (1884-1959), Bishop Vasyl Velychkovsky (1903-1973), Father Zenon Kovalyk (1903-1941) and Father Ivan Ziatyk (1899-1952. Their images appear on left in that order, clockwise, from top left. The 4 Redemptorists were among 25 Ukranian martyrs beatified during the papal visit to Lviv (in western Ukraine) in 2001.(1)

Reference: (1) Sacramentary and Lectionary Supplement, The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, 2007. Pg 26.

The Redemptorist Martyrs of Ukraine