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A MARTYR'S MASS; FATHER MIGUEL PRO, EXECUTED AY MEXICO CITY, 1927, by            
First Line: Kneeling he spoke the names he loved the most
Last Line: The ite, missa est!
Subject(s): Martyrs


Kneeling he spoke the Names he loved the most
As the air was fanned by the whir of invisible wings;
He seemed like a priest about to breathe on the Host
After the Sanctus rings.

"This is My Body," he said on his First-Mass Day,
When the rose of priesthood slipped its snowy bud,
Lifting his chaliced heart now could he say
At death, "This is My Blood."

Swift as an altar chime the rifles rang. . . .
The stole of crimson flowing over his breast,
How bright it burned, and how his sealed lips sang
The Ite, Missa Est!





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