CCC 2474 The Church has painstakingly collected the records of those who persevered to the end in witnessing to their faith. These are the acts of the Martyrs. They form the archives of truth written in letters of blood:
Neither the pleasures of the world nor the kingdoms of this age will be of any use to me. It is better for me to die [in order to unite myself] to Christ Jesus than to reign over the ends of the earth. I seek him who died for us; I desire him who rose for us. My birth is approaching. ..1
I bless you for having judged me worthy from this day and this hour to be counted among your martyrs. .. You have kept your promise, God of faithfulness and truth. For this reason and for everything, I praise you, I bless you, I glorify you through the eternal and heavenly High Priest, Jesus Christ, your beloved Son. Through him, who is with you and the Holy Spirit, may glory be given to you, now and in the ages to come. Amen.2
1 St. Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Rom. 6, 1-2 SCh 10, 114.
2 Martyrium Polycarpi 14,2-3 PG 5,1040; SCh 10,228.