Today, in the 1962 Dominican Rite Calendar, we commemorate the feast of Blessed Sadoc and his companions, martyrs of Poland. The ferial office is prayed, according to the rubrics and at Lauds and Vespers, the commemoration of Blessed Sadoc and his companions is made. A second commemoration is made of Ss. Marcellinus, Priest and Peter, Exorcist, both of whom were martyrs.
The joy of Ascension-tide is pierced through by the back-to-back feasts of Dominican martyrs, celebrated today and tomorrow. However, we should recall the words of St. Thomas Aquinas, regarding the perfect charity of those who shed their blood, or indeed forfeit their lives, for our Lord's sake: