Today’s Memorial remembers 26 martyrs . Paul Miki is, perhaps, the most famous one. They were missionaries that included lay, clergy, and religious. Miki was Japanese. They were crucified on a hill overlooking Nagasaki. This was 1295. Missionaries returned to Japan in the 1860’s thinking there were no Christians in the country. They were pleasantly surprised to see thousands of Christians. The death of these martyrs didn’t result in the elimination of Christianity but Christianity went underground. They kept the faith. “The blood of the martyrs is seeds of the Church,” indeed!