"They left me here, and here I wait. Let's see what God determines," said Father Sabas Reyes Salazar after his worried parishioners begged him to hide from the federal soldiers looking for priests in his town of Tatotlán.
During Lent 1927, soldiers entered his church brought in their horses, destroyed the statuary, tied the priest to a column, interrogated and tortured him for three days, without food, without water, and burned his hands because they had been consecrated.
Soldiers wanted to know where the other priests were hiding. He said nothing.
On April 13, 1927, Holy Wednesday, also known as Spy Wednesday, Father Sabas Reyes Salazar was dragged to the parish cemetery's enclosure.
Facing his executioners, before he was killed, he shouted, "Viva Cristo Rey!"
VIVA CRISTO REY!