The One Hundred and Five Martyrs of Tyburn – 7 March 1544

Blessed John Larke, secular priest
Blessed Jermyn Gardiner, secular priest
Venerable John Ireland, secular priest
Venerable Thomas Ashby, layman

Blessed John Larke had been the rector of Saint Ethelburga’s, Bishopsgate, for twenty-six years, when Blessed Thomas More made him parish priest of the old riverside Church at Chelsea. It was here the Lord Chancellor came with his household on Sundays and holidays, accounting it a high privilege to serve Mass, and where he came finally to be shriven and receive Holy Communion the morning of the day he was summoned to appear before the Council.

Blessed John Larke carried on his work for souls another ten years after that. Then, in the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Henry VIII, he was himself put to the final test, and “following the example of his own sheep, afterwards suffered a most famous martyrdom for the same cause of the supremacy.” Two other secular priests, Blessed Jermyn Gardiner, kinsman and secretary of the Bishop of Winchester, and Venerable John Ireland, with Venerable Thomas Ashby, layman, shared his condemnation and martyrdom.

– from The One Hundred and Five Martyrs of Tyburn, by The Nuns of the Convent of Tyburn, 1917