Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, India’s first martyr, as well as the country’s first layman and married person who will be declared a saint, will be canonized on May 15 in the Vatican.
Blessed Lazarus, also known as Devasahayam, a Hindu Nair , who converted to Christianity in the eighteenth century, will be the first layperson and martyr of Indian origin who will be officially declared a saint of the worldwide Catholic Church. He was martyred for his faith nearly 270 years ago in what is Tamil Nadu state today.
To celebrate the sainthood of Devasahayam, the Latin bishops have released a prayer to him and a brief outline of his life focusing on his outstanding qualities. The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India said, “We have here a wonderful opportunity to tell the heroic story of our martyr especially to our young people, who will be helped by it to courageously face the exigencies of Christian life and witness today.”
The Vatican announced that Pope Francis shall formally canonize him on 15 May 2022. Following the May 15 canonization, a national thanksgiving celebration will be held on Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Aralvaimozhi where Devasahayam met his martyrdom. And on June 24, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, all families will be consecrated to the Sacred Heart. The bishops have invited the faithful, both in the country as well as abroad, to join in the prayer as a family and plead for the intercession of martyr Devasahayam for our country.
Source: Vatican News