Mariana, Jacinto, and Companions, November 5 or 6, 1702, Mocama Province

Names:                 Mariana Viuda (Timucuan daughter of cacique)

                             Jacinto (her son, about nine years old)

                             35 companions at the mission

Date:                    November 5 or 6, 1702

Place:                   San Juan del Puerto, Mocama Province

The native people of San Juan del Puerto faced a surprise attack alone. The Creek assault on the peaceful mission resulted in the death or enslavement of almost all the natives of this Mission. 

 “…they kept asking the Indians whether they believed in their ancient [ancestral] religion. But all were baptized converts, and on realizing this the Creeks told them that if they too did not want to die there, they should renounce their Catholic religion and customs and spit on the Cross…”

Thirty-five of the forty-five villagers refused to spit on the cross and instead accepted torture and martyrdom on a bonfire burning with crosses.  The assailants seized the daughter of the Indian chief, the young mother and widow Mariana, along with her 9-year-old son.   Mariana, renowned for her holiness and charity, along with her son Jacinto, refused to spit on the cross.

“…they could not do such a thing, she said, because such a denial was tantamount to destroying her heart, because for her this Cross and her heart were the same…”

The Creek first tortured and killed the son in front of the mother.  Mother and son prayed the rosary together through it all.

“…but such was the holiness of this young boy that in the face of this tortuous plight he was praying his Ave Marias and the entire holy rosary that he knew so well. And his mother was praying the entire time along with him.  He kept praying the entire time until, being in the throes of death, he was unable to do so.  But neither the boy nor the Indian Mariana wavered.  They never lost their faith and their hope in the resurrection and the life everlasting.”