Blessed Martyr Tarsykia
Today, Ukrainians are living in a time of war that is full of pain and sorrow. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow or even in the next moment, as bloodshed continues. Our ancient nation, strong, free, and unbreakable, stand together for truth and freedom.
Ukrainians have a strong faith deeply rooted in prayer. We invite you to gather in prayer for our Ukraine. Please join us online for a Prayer Novena to Blessed Sister Tarsykia, who in 1944 was martyred in Ukraine. She was a young 25-year-old woman when she sacrificed her life in Chervonohrad for the conversion of Russia and for the Catholic faith.
“… It was World War II, and Blessed Martyr Tarsykia’s heart ached for her people, because their suffering was almost bigger than any human heart could hold. All the Sisters encouraged each other to be faithful to God and the Catholic Church regardless of the circumstances. They prayed earnestly for this strength.
Before the Bolshevik invasion, Sister Tarsykia made a special vow in the presence of her Spiritual Director, sharing that she would offer her life for the conversion of Russia and for the Catholic faith.
On that significant day, the Sisters were waiting for the priest to come and celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the Chapel but he was not coming. The Sisters didn’t know why, and they didn’t know what was happening in the city. They anxiously waited. Suddenly the bell at the entrance gate rang, and everyone thought it was Father. Sister Tarsykia quickly ran to open it, but halfway down the path remembered that she had forgotten the key and started to turn back. A shot through the window of the gate hit her in the head. She fell and died instantly.
The Bolsheviks were not satisfied with one victim. A few hours later they threw a fire-bomb on the Sisters’ home, setting this space aflame. The Sisters saved the tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament and transferred it to their hiding place in the basement. All night they were bombarded; the home was destroyed.
The Sisters did not think they would survive. They prayed and prepared themselves for death.
In the basement corridor, the body of Sister Tarsykia lay on a bench. She was no longer afraid.
The night passed. The Sisters thanked the Mother of God for her protection. They all were very tired and tensely waited for what would happen next. The Sisters heard steps under the window. Someone pulled out the pillow from the window, then they saw a hand holding a grenade ready to be thrown inside. The Sisters screamed and to save themselves quickly started running out of the basement. Miraculously, not one was injured or burnt.
Outside, Russian troops welcomed them with a firing squad. The Sisters put their hands up. In the basement, the soldiers saw Sister Tarsykia’s dead body. The officer asked, “Who did that?” One of them admitted, “I did that.” “Why?” “Because she was a nun.”
Today, people are also suffering and dying because they are Ukrainian. Let us raise our prayers to our eternally merciful God, through the intercession of the Mother of God. Let us ask Blessed Martyr Tarsykia to intervene for Ukraine and for the conversion of Russia.
Blessed Martyr Tarsykia’s Birthday is on March 23rd.
Please join us daily Fabruary 16-24 at 8pm CDT for a Novena Prayer on Facebook – Ssmi Canada.