Pope St. Paul VI, during the canonisation homily of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, noted:

Our time needs saints, and especially the example of those who have given the supreme witness for the love of Christ and His Church: “no one has a greater love than the one who gives his life for his friends” These words of the Divine Master, which refer in the first instance to the sacrifice that He himself made on the cross offering himself for the salvation of all humanity, also apply to the great and chosen host of martyrs of all times, from the first persecutions of the Church rising up to those – perhaps more hidden but no less cruel – of our day”.

The blue plaque on the corner of Richmond Road, Roath, showing the place of execution of Fr. John Lloyd and Fr. Philip Evans.

Saints Philip Evans and John Lloyd, from the Martyrs’ Chapel at Cardiff Cathedral.

The cell at Cardiff castle where the martyrs were held prior to their execution.

The Six Welsh Martyrs and their Companions

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Let us pray:

Almighty God,
who in our country raised up martyrs
from every walk of life
to vindicate the authority of your Church
in teaching and worship,
grant at their intercession, we pray,
that all our people may be gathered once again
to celebrate the same Sacraments
under the one Shepherd, Jesus Christ, your Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Prayer for Wales:

Almighty God, Who in Thine infinite goodness has sent Thine only-begotten Son into this world to open once more the gates of heaven, and to teach us how to know, love and serve Thee, have mercy on Thy people Who dwell in Wales. Grant to them the precious gift of faith, and unite them in the one true Church founded by Thy Divine Son; that, acknowledging her authority and obeying her voice, they may serve Thee, love Thee, and worship Thee as Thou desirest in this world, and obtain for themselves everlasting happiness in the world to come. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady, Help of Christians,
pray for Wales.

Saint David,
pray for Wales.

Saint Winefride,
pray for Wales.