In the first instance of institutionalized persecution of The Church, Roman Emperor Nero ordered the torturing and execution of many early Christians. May their memory be eternal and may they continue to pray for us on Earth.
Father, you sanctified the Church of Rome with the blood of its first martyrs. May we find strength from their courage and rejoice in their trumph. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.