I Thess 2.9-13; Ps 138; Matthew 23.27-32
These three female martyrs are among the 40 canonised Reformation-era martyrs of England and Wales. They harboured priests and St Margaret Ward assisted the escape of a priest from Bridewell prison. St Margaret Clitherow and St Anne Line were both converts to Catholicism. St Margaret Clitherow was crushed to death in York at the age of 30; St Anne Line and
St Margaret Ward were both hanged at Tyburn. Their courage and perseverance inspire us to remain faithful in our much less strenuous time.