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 103 Korean Martyr Saints


Laurentius Han I-hyong



Han I-Hyŏng Laurence (+1846)


Han I-Hyŏng Laurence was born to a noble family in Doksan in Ch'ungch'ŏng Province. He had a strong character and a spirit of self-sacrifice. He studied catechism when he was 14 years old. A few weeks later Laurence became a very devout Catholic. He spent many hours in front of a crucifix meditating and repenting his past sins. Every Sunday and on all holy days of obligation he went to the mission chapel four kilometers away for prayer, regardless of bad weather. During Lent he fasted everyday. When he was 21 years old, he married a Catholic woman and lived in a remote rural area near Yangji.
He was very good not only to God but also to his neighbors, particularly poor ones. He fed poor people in his home and gave them his own clothes. He used to say that God would reward him for his acts of charity.
Bishop Imbert made him a catechist. He was well qualified for the post in knowledge, virtue and good example. He fulfilled his duty satisfactorily.
After Father Kim Andrew was arrested, the captors tried to arrest the Catholics connected with him. Han Laurence was arrested accidentally. He was ridiculed and severely beaten. The captors stripped him naked and hung him from the ceiling. Then they beat him cruelly, commanding him to deny his faith and to reveal the whereabouts of his fellow Catholics. Laurence refused to do so. His captors bound his legs, put broken glass and dishes between his feet, and sawed them with a thick rope, but Laurence endured all the pains admirably. Even his enemies praised him very highly. On his way to Seoul, he refused the horse offered by his captors. He walked the 52 kilometers of rough road with bare feet because of the wounds in his feet.
According to the government record (Sŭngjŏngwŏn Diary), Han Laurence and four women were severely tortured but refused to give up their conviction. They were beaten to death on September 20, 1846. It is possible that Laurence could have been strangled, because, according to the testimony of Archbishop Mutel, they were originally sentenced to be beaten to death, but if they didn't die immediately, they were actually strangled to death. Laurence was 48 years old when he was martyred.

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» 한이형 라우렌시오 Laurentius Han I-hyong 35942
73 남경문 베드로 Petrus Nam Kyong-mun 58044
72 현석문 가롤로 Carolus Hyon Song-mun 38094
71 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 39143
70 최영이 바르바라 Barbara Choe Yong-i 39095
69 이문우 요한 Ioannes Yi Mun-u 35956
68 홍영주 바오로 Paulus Hong Yong-ju 35820
67 권진이 아가타 Agatha Kwon Chin-i 51723
66 이인덕 마리아 Maria Yi In-dog 33274
65 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 40787
64 손소벽 막달레나 Magdalena Son So-byog 30560
63 홍병주 베드로 Petrus Hong Pyong-ju 50647
62 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 37950
61 허협 바오로 Paulus Ho Hyob 32277
60 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 39111

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