Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 30(31):3-4,6,8,17,21; Matthew 10:17-20
These great people, 42 in number (there were of course many more, that went unrecorded as well as about 240 who are noted as 'blesseds') gave their lives to keep the flame of faith burning in England. They were raised to the rank of Saints in the 1970 (I should know, my confirmation saint is one of them, Alban Roe). Saints John Roberts and Ambrose Barlow were from the Benedictine monastery of St Gregory at Douay - the order later founding our Parish here in Cheltenham. So we have a particular reason to be thankful for their witness.