Bl. Elias del Socorro Nieves was born in Mexico on 21 September 1882. He took his vows in 1911 and was ordained a priest in 1916. In 1921 he was appointed parochial vicar of La Canada de Caracheo, a village then isolated and extremely poor. During the persecution against the Catholic Church Father Elias refused to abandon his people thereby providing them with the sacraments. This he continued for 14 months. He and two laymen were eventually captured and martyred. The captain said to Fr Nieves, "Now it is your turn: let us see if dying is like saying Mass", to which he answered, "You have spoken the truth, because to die for the faith is a sacrifice pleasing to God". He blessed the soldiers and began to recite the Creed. His last words were "Long live Christ the King".
27 And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, a certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to him: Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the paps that gave thee suck.
28 But he said: Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it.