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NOVENA message of salvation.

We humbly beseech You, PRAYER IN TIMES OF ADVERSITY


ADVERSITY
TO SAN LORENZO RUIZ DE MANILA through the intercession of these Holy martyrs, that Beloved Saints Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and
we be given the grace of remaining faithful to You Companion Martyrs: You who experienced the
always as they did and that the light of the supreme sacrifice of martyrdom for the
Gospel illumine all corners of our Christian proclamation of the Christian faith, inspire us with
motherland and of all countries near and far. We your strength and firmness of conviction to
ask you this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. withstand the adversities of our lives and the
difficulties of our existence. Teach us with your
(Silently mention the special favor you ask for marvelous example and saintly wisdom to turn
through this novena) trials into blessings, by showing us the glory that
One "Our Father…" comes from discovering the redemptive power of
Ten "Hail Mary's…" God's love. When times are full of grief, when
One "Glory be…" moments are suffused with worry, let us feel your
presence in our midst, so that we will be aware
that you are by our side, strengthening us and
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of PRAYER FOR THE SICK interceding for us before Almighty God that we
the Holy Spirit, Amen. Beloved Saints Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and may have patience in our sufferings and
Martyr Companions, to you do we come for help. consolation in our hardships. Help us realize that
ACT OF CONTRITION Help us to have the same faith and love that you only in knowing our weakness can we be strong,
O my God, I am heartily sorry had for God. We call upon you today on behalf only undergoing sadness can we find real
for having offended You, of ________________________ happiness, and only passing through trials and
and I detest all my sins, our ailing beloved ones. By your prayers and distress can we find peace, encouragement and
because I dread the loss of heaven intercession, obtain for them, not only comfort and spiritual joy. Amen.
and the pains of hell, peace for their souls, but also vigor, strength and LORENZO RUIZ,
but most of all, health for their bodies. We place our entire UNA NAMING MARTIR
because they offend You, my God, confidence in you because we know that God Lorenzo Ruiz una naming martir
who art all-good and loves you and that you care for us. We earnestly Totoong kay rami ng pagtutunggali
deserving of all my love. pray that our sick ones be purified and revitalized Sa buong buhay mo
I firmly resolve with the in every cell, tissue, nerve and organ, so that the Halos di mawari,
help of your grace, bodily limbs may function effectively again. makailang ulit muntik na mag-api
to confess my sins, to do penance, Through your powerful intercession, help our sick Ngunit nakaraos ng maluwalhati.
and to amend my life. Amen. to receive the grace of God's miraculous Pananampalataya di mo itinatwa
compassion, so that they will be completely whole Nanindigan kang Kristyano sa diwa
Let us Pray: again, and thereby be able to continue serving At napatunayang kahit sa gawa
O God, our loving Father: Your Son Jesus Christ God faithfully in this life to the best of their Mga naghihirap sa'yo ay namangha.
delivered himself in sacrifice to You for the love of strength and to attain the salvation to which you Ng ika' pinilit na iyong talikdan
men. Inspire us to love You with all our heart to arrived. Amen. Pananampalatayang iyong kinagisnan
the point of sacrifices. Your providential hand led Buong tatag man din na 'yong tinuran
your servants San Lorenzo and Companions to Ako ay Kristyano at handang mamatay
the land of Japan to imitate the sacrifice of Christ Libu-libong buhay kung may'ron man ako
and to proclaim the Gospel of truth and the Sa Panginoong Diyos ay ihahandog ko.
SAN LORENZO RUIZ DE MANILA Nagasaki Bay and thrown into the sea near the
First Filipino Martyr and Saint little island of Io-Juma, to prevent their veneration
Canonized in Rome by Pope John Paul II by the Christians.
San Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino Saint and When the San Lorenzo was being interrogated
martyr. He was a layman, married, and had 3 and asked whether to grant him life if he
children. He was born circa 1600 in Binondo, renounced his faith, he replied with these noble
Manila, and he was educated in Dominican words: “I am a Christian, and this I profess until
schools. In his younger years, San Lorenzo the hour of my death and for God I shall give my
served at the convent of Binondo church as a life…and had I many thousands of lives, I shall
sacristan. Not only did he learn Spanish there but offer them for Him. And so, do with me as you
also catechism. After several years, San Lorenzo please.”
Ruiz earned the title of "escribano" or notary. He
became an active member of the Confraternity of San Lorenzo Ruiz was proclaimed "Blessed" in
the Holy Rosary, an organization devoted to the February 1981 at Luneta, together with 16 other
Blessed Virgin. companions, in connection with
Pope John Paul II's papal visit to the Philippines.
In 1636, he was falsely accused of murder and He was canonized and declared a "Saint" on
sought asylum on board a ship with three October 18, 1987 in Rome.
Dominican priests, Saint Antonio Gonzalez, Saint
Guillermo Courtet, and Saint Miguel de Their feast day is September 28.
Aozaraza, a Japanese priest, Saint Vicente
Shiwozuka de la Cruz, and a layman named
Saint Lazaro of Kyoto, a leper. The boat landed
at Okinawa and the group was arrested on basis
of their Christian religion.

At that time, there was a wide scale persecution of


Christians. All those who professed faith in God
and served as missionaries were jailed and even
put to death. Their lives were to be spared if they
would renounce their Christians faith. But
thousands of those Christians chose death rather
than renouncing their belief in God. And San
Lorenzo Ruiz was among those who underwent
excruciating forms of persecution. On September
27, 1637, he was hung upside down from the
gallows with his body falling into a pit. After two
days of agony, he died of bleeding and
suffocation. His body along with other martyrs
were set on fire and the ashes carried out of the