SAINT MELCHIOR GRODZIECKI, PRESBYTER AND MARTYR
In the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec – Obligatory memorial
Melchior was born in Cieszyn in 1582. He entered the Society of Jesus and as a priest of this order, he worked in Prague and Košice. In Košice he cooperated with István Pongrácz, a Jesuit from Hungary, and Marko Krizin, a canon from Croatia. George I Rákóczi, having conquered Košice, imprisoned these priests and had them tortured and murdered on 7 September 1619.
Common of One Martyr.
O almighty God,
Saint Melchior, martyr, reached glory, having retained faith until death,
in your mercy multiply our faith and grant that we may attain salvation, acting on it .
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.