They knocked him to the ground, but all he cared about was the Eucharist

This image speaks volumes about the priesthood.

This photo speaks volumes: A priest, knocked to the ground as he was distributing Communion, who uses the strength he has left to gather the hosts and particles of the Eucharist that had fallen to the floor.

The picture was taken by an eyewitness who was at the attack in the town of Gangjeong.

The picture isn’t new — it was taken Aug. 8, 2012 — but it continues to speak to us of the great dignity of the priesthood.

The event occurred in Jeju, South Korea, as reported then by UCANews.

Father Bartholomew Man Jung-hyun was celebrating Mass at the doors of a controversial naval base the government was building in the area, and which was opposed because of the environmental impact it would have on the local populations and the island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The priest was celebrating a Mass for the citizens who were protesting the base, and was distributing Communion when the police interrupted the liturgy and began to beat those present, including Father Bartholomew.

The Diocese of Cheju immediately demanded an official apology from the police, as those present reported that one of the policemen stepped on the Hosts that had fallen to the floor. The police denied this.

But looking beyond the details of the event — the police brutality and the protests — we see the humble gesture of this priest, in pain and struck down, thinking not of himself but of his Lord … it’s an image that says more about the priesthood than a thousand theology books ever could.

11 Comments

  • Ben O.Otieno says:

    May the good Lord have mercy on our dedicated priests.

  • je says:

    We are so blessed with our faith and our Priests

  • cecilia ogar says:

    All I ask lord is to bless this priest

  • Carla Murphy Reeves says:

    This priest is a Saint on earth! God bless you Father Bartholomew!😇

  • Carla Reeves says:

    How is Fr. Bartholomew doing? Did he recover from the cruel beating? He had nothing but love for Jesus Christ! And Jesus has already made his home in Heaven! Please pray for me Fr. Bartholomew – for my balance and equilibrium problems and muscle weakness priblems. Thank you for the heroic measures you took in protecting the Body of Christ. I love you and it broke my heart to see what those awful police tried to do to you, Carla Reeves🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💒

  • My grandpa similar great nonno ! Rest in Peace where he belongs as a humble man like this humble priest God bless him❣❣❣ 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗

  • Roman says:

    May the good Lord always bless and protect our holy priests!!!

  • Rita says:

    The battle is of the Lord… please Lord always fight our battles for us and bless and protect all ur children undergoing persecution in all parts of the world… Amen🙌

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