There is a piece at Vatican Radio that this Holy Thursday, 24 March, will be the “feast day” of Bl. Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran Archbishop who was murdered while celebrating Mass in 1980. It seems to be the Church’s day of prayer for missionary martyrs.
It’s not his feast day where I am, in the sense that anything liturgical can be done in his honor.
And it wouldn’t be even if it weren’t Holy Thursday.
I’m all for prayer to true martyrs whom the Church has recognized as such. We can also invoke the prayers of the countless martyrs whose names are know only to God.
However, the liturgical cult of a Blessed, only beatified, as many martyrs are, is generally only extended to the diocese where that Blessed lived and died and also, perhaps, to their religious orders and some other places closely associated with the Blessed, such as a native country or diocese, etc.
Canonization, not beatification, opens the way to being on the universal Church’s calendar, not just a local calendar. Sometimes the Church allows for much wider observance and cult of mere Blesseds, depending on their popularity.
So, for the whole Church, even were tomorrow not Holy Thursday, which bumps every other consideration off the calendar because our focus ought to be on the Institution of the Eucharist and the Priesthood and the beginning of the Lord’s Passion (and not on political agendas or other sidelines), we don’t celebrate Bl. Oscar Romero liturgically.
In years to come, unless he is canonized if you are in El Salvador, then you might have permission to remember him liturgically, but if you aren’t, then you probably won’t.
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