Commemoration of St. Cristobal Magallanes Jara and 24 other Martyrs of Mexico, who were killed for Christ and the Catholic Faith during the Cristero War (1926-1929).
The Cristeros fought heroically for Christ and His Church against the Masonic Liberals who took power in Mexico after the Mexican Revolution of 1910. These 25 (22 priests and 3 laymen) canonized saints represent a much greater number of martyrs. Even Wikipedia, which notoriously downplays the numbers of Catholic martyrs in the Masonic Revolutions that have consistently afflicted Christendom ever since 1789, admits that at least 40 priests were killed between 1926 and 1934. The total number of priests in Mexico dropped from about 4,500 to 334, which means that about 4,166 priests emigrated, were expelled, or were simply killed. Most appallingly, after the Vatican sponsored truce of 1929 convinced the Cristeros to lay down their arms and return home, the government sent soldiers into their homes and shot some 5,500 men (usually in front of their families) in blatant violation of the terms of the recent truce.
The Cristeros fought under the banner of
Christ the King and our Lady of Guadalupe
Oremus. O Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, who as Our Lady of Guadalupe didst aid in the conversion of Mexico from paganism in a most miraculous way, we now beseech thee to bring about in these our times the early conversion of our modern world from its present neo-paganism to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church of thy divine Son, Jesus Christ, starting in the Americas and extending throughout the entire world, so that soon there may be truly "one fold and one shepherd," with all governments recognizing the reign of thy Son, Jesus Christ the King. This we ask of the Eternal Father, through Jesus Christ His Son Our Lord and by thy powerful intercession - all for the salvation of souls, the triumph of the Church, and peace in the world. Amen.