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Photos by Michael ARVIZU St. Bede parishioner Julie Ku performs a traditional Korean hun gong da rae tea ceremony at an event commemorating the feast day of Korean Martyrs at St. Bede Catholic Church on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Photos by Michael ARVIZU
St. Bede parishioner Julie Ku performs a traditional Korean hun gong da rae tea ceremony at an event commemorating the feast day of Korean Martyrs at St. Bede Catholic Church on Sunday, Sept. 16.

By Michael J. ARVIZU

St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church celebrated the feast day of Korean Martyrs on Sept. 16 with a tea and Korean food tasting, and public demonstration of a traditional tea and wedding ceremony.

Celebrated each year on Sept. 20, the feast day of Korean Martyrs honors 103 Korean saints who were martyred for their Catholic faith in major persecutions by the government in 1839, 1846 and 1866. Over 8,000 faithful are believed to have been killed in those persecutions. Pope John Paul II canonized the 103 Korean martyrs en mass in 1984.

Hun gong da rae tea ceremony specialist Suk-Yang Shin of South Korea manipulates lotus tea tea bags to resemble the shape of a lotus flower during St. Bede Catholic Church's celebration of the feast day of Korean Martyrs on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

Hun gong da rae tea ceremony specialist Suk-Yang Shin of South Korea manipulates lotus tea tea bags to resemble the shape of a lotus flower during St. Bede Catholic Church’s celebration of the feast day of Korean Martyrs on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

St. Bede’s celebration focused not only on honoring the saints, but also on introducing the parish community to Korean culture, said St. Bede celebration volunteer Catharina Yim.

“Every year we have different ceremonies after Mass,” Yim said. “This tea ceremony is for the respect of worship only to God. This tea ceremony is to God and the saints.”

The Korean ceremonies are a blend of Korean and Catholic tradition, Yim said.

“We want them to know how we were accepted in Korea,” said volunteer Maria Ahn. “It was very hard.”

Hun gong da rae tea ceremony specialist Suk-Yang Shin of South Korea serves St. Bede parishoners lotus flower tea and rice cake during St. Bede Catholic Church's celebration of the feast day of Korean Martyrs on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

Hun gong da rae tea ceremony specialist Suk-Yang Shin of South Korea serves St. Bede parishoners lotus flower tea and rice cake during St. Bede Catholic Church’s celebration of the feast day of Korean Martyrs on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

St. Bede parishioner Julie Ku performs a traditional Korean hun gong da rae tea ceremony at an event commemorating the feast day of Korean Martyrs at St. Bede Catholic Church on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

St. Bede parishioner Julie Ku performs a traditional Korean hun gong da rae tea ceremony at an event commemorating the feast day of Korean Martyrs at St. Bede Catholic Church on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

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