Sunday, April 3, 2011

Viva Christo Rey!

The picture below shows the martyrdom in early April of 1927 of Fr. Francisco Vera, parish Priest of Sangre y Cuerpo de Cristo in the city of Jalostotitlan, Jalisco.

Martyrdom of Fr. Francisco Vera

Padre was celebrating Mass in secret for his people when he was discovered by Freemasons and, with the support of a socialist and vehemently anti-Catholic government and media, executed on the spot. He was not allowed to remove his vestments, and this photograph was sent to President Calles by the leader of the squad to prove how zealous he was being against the Catholic Church. Father Vera's body was taken to a garbage dump outside the city, where it was further desecrated.

This scene was just one of numerous anti-religious atrocities committed by the Mexican government during the Cristero War, a period of Catholic resistance to state persecution comparable in sentiment if not in scale to the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.

Battle Hymn of the Cristeros
La Virgen María es nuestra protectora y nuestra defensora cuando hay que temer,
Vencerá a los demonios gritando "¡Viva Cristo Rey!"
Vencerá a los demonios gritando "¡Viva Cristo Rey!"
Soldados de Cristo: ¡Sigamos la bandera que la Cruz enseña el ejército de Dios!
Sigamos la bandera gritando, "¡Viva Cristo Rey!"

For an upcoming film on the matter, see


Sean said...

Translated, the battle hymn runs thus:

The Virgin Mary is our protector and defender when there is something to fear,

She will defeat the demons crying "Long live Christ the King!"

She will defeat the demons crying "Long live Christ the King!"

Soldiers of Christ let us follow the flag that the Cross shows the army of God!

Let us follow the flag crying, "Long live Christ the King!"

Sean said...

Maria offered this poem, by Alfred Barret SJ, written in honour of Bl. Miguel Pro:

A Martyr's Mass

Kneeling he spoke the Names he loved the most
As the air was fanned in the whir of invisible wings;
He seemed like a priest about to breathe on the Host
After the Sanctus rings.

"This is my Body," he said on his First-Mass Day,
When the rose of priesthood slipped its snowy bud,
Lifting his chaliced heart he now could say,
At death, "This is my Blood"

Swift as an altar chime the rifles rang...
The stole of crimson flowing over his breast
How bright it burned, and how his sealed liips sang
The Ite, Missa Est!

David L Alexander said...

The link you provided is for the release with Spanish subtitles. The English-language site is: