Tuesday, August 24, 2010
NEW MARTYRS of CORDOBA
(This article is a reprint from 2006. The building of the Islamic Center in Manhattan near ground zero, ironically called the Cordoba Project, prompts me to rerun this.)The photo above is of the sanctuary of St. Hilda of Whitby Anglican Catholic Church in Atlanta, Georgia on June 14th, 2004. The church is vested for the celebration of the feast of a martyr bishop, Blessed Leonidas Polk. June 14th is also the feast of Ss.Anastasius, Felix, and Dignii. They constitute a part of those saints known as the New Martyrs of Cordoba.
Martyed by the Moors at Cordoba about 852. Anastasius was an old priest of Cordoba, Felix was a monk originally out of North Africa, Dignii was a fiery young nun who was ordered killed after she upbraided the Judge in open court for the injustice of the sentences against Father Anastasius and Brother Felix
Another New Martyr of Cordoba is St. Columbii also a nun who confronted the authorities directly about the Islamic prohibition on preaching Jesus.
I have in my possession first class relics of Anastasius, Dignii and Columbii.