Sunday, September 27, 2009
Feast of St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs
Tomorrow (September 28) is the feast day of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, proto-martyr of the Philippines and the first Filipino saint. Please say the prayers below keeping in mind the victims of Tropical Strom Ondoy that destroyed homes and properties and killed more than 50 and left more missing. (Thanks the La Naval de Manila Online blog for the above photo.)
O MOST MERCIFUL and almighty God, You bestowed as gift to Lorenzo Ruiz the strength to withstand the overpowering forces of death for the sake of his faith in You.
Through his prayers, help us to follow his example by overcoming all life's trials and eventually, increase our hope and love in You.
O St. Lorenzo Ruiz, you brought honor to your country, having been a level-headed and prudent father of the family, a witness of Christ in your life until your death.
We present all our petitions to God through your help so that by our actions, we may know more and love more Jesus our Lord and Savior.
We humbly implore your intercession O dear St. Lorenzo, for the infinite glory of God and in honor of your triumph as a martyr of Christ and defender of Christianity. Amen.
O God, our loving Father: Your Son Jesus Christ delivered himself in sacrifice to You for: the love of men. Inspire us to love You with all our heart to the point of sacrifices. Your providential hand led your servants Saint Lorenzo and Companions to the land of Japan to imitate the sacrifice of Christ and to proclaim the Gospel of truth and the message of salvation.
We humbly beseech You, through the intercession of this Holy martyrs, that we be given the grace of remaining faithful to You always as they did and that the light of the Gospel illumine all corners of our Christian motherland and of all countries near and far. We ask you this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(silently mention the special favor you ask for through this novena)
One "Our Father…"
Ten "Hail Mary's…"
One "Glory be…"
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs, Pray for us!
For more about the first Pinoy Saint, click here for my post about the saint.