Sunday, August 18, 2019

Saint of the Day – July 7 – Saint Marcus Ji Tianxiang

The Memorial of Saint Marcus Ji Tianxiang

Saint Marcus Ji Tianxiang is the Patron Saint of Addicts and Drug Addiction

Saint Marcus Ji Tianxiang Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersMarried People who became Saints

St. Marcus Ji Tianxiang brief life History

Date of Birth 1834
Country of Birth China in Asia
Profession Layman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China
Place of Work Apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China
Date of Death 7 July 1900
Place of Death Yazhuangtou, Jizhou, Hebei, China
Feast Day July 7
Beatification By Not Available
Canonization By Pope John Paul II on 1 October 2000
Patron Saint of Addicts and Drug Addiction

St. Marcus Ji Tianxiang Short life History

Saint Marcus Ji Tianxiang, is also known as Magu, Marco, Mark. He was a married layman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China.

He was born in 1834 in Yazhuangtou, Jizhou, Hebei, China

Having an opium addiction led to him being forbidden to take Communion, and though he could not break his dependency for 30 years, he never lost his faith, never wanted to leave the Church, and when he was finally clean, he returned to full communion. Nevertheless he remained a believing Catholic.

He was murdered by beheading in 1900, along with dozens of other Catholics in his village, in the vicious persecution of Christians during the Boxer Rebellion.

At his trial given a chance to renounce his faith, but he refused. It is said that he sang the litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary as he was led to his execution.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

At his trial Saint Marcus Ji Tianxiang was given a chance to renounce his faith, but he refused. It is said that he sang the litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary as he was led to his execution

Saint Marcus Ji Tianxiang
St. Marcus Ji Tianxiang