Lent Madness, martyrs from Ignatius of Antioch to Janani Luwuum were in the brackets. A more comprehensive approach can be gained from Foxe's Book of Martyrs (Protestant), Butler's Lives of the Saints (Catholic), both available on-line, or similar historical works. One of the best sources, however, is FOXE: Voices of the Martyrs, 450 pages of readable, inspiring vignettes of martyrs from Stephen the Deacon through the 21st century. The book is an edited version of Foxe's 16th century work, updated through today. Also included is a persecution survey of nations throughout the world where either Christians specifically or religious minorities generally face oppression, imprisonment or worse.
An additional resource is the work of Voice of the Martyrs. This group provides information on current persecutions the church is facing and the political climate in nations where Christianity is restricted. They also provide opportunities to contribute to the needs of persecuted Christians in a variety of ways. Their mission is: “Serving the persecuted church through practical and spiritual assistance while leading Christians in the free world into fellowship with them.” Their iPhone and Android app provides a daily prayer need, as well as other resources.
Holy Week, when we follow Jesus to the cross, is a good time to draw closer on the way to those holy women and men who experience the intensity of the cross in their lives every week.