Saint Andrew Dũng-Lac, Priest
and Companions, Martyrs

“While you watched, a stone was hewn from a mountain without a hand being put to it, and it struck its iron and clay feet, breaking them in pieces.” (Daniel 2:34.)

Saint Gregory of Nyssa (part 2 of the background of Saint Gregory of Nyssa is found here) offers the following insight on this verse from today’s First Reading:
“What is the stone but Christ? For of him Isaiah says, “And I am laying in Zion for a foundation, a costly stone, precious, elect” ; and Daniel likewise, “A stone was cut out but not by hand,” that is, Christ was born without a man.” (On the Baptism of Christ)

O God, source and origin of all fatherhood,
Who kept the Martyrs
Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions
faithful to the Cross of your Son,
even to the shedding of their blood,
grant, through their intercession,
that, spreading Your love
among our brothers and sisters,
we may be Your children
both in name and in truth.
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.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen