- Feast day: September 28
- Patronage: Migrants, Filipinos
- Shrine: Binondo Church
Beloved Lorenzo Ruiz, confronted with death, you proclaimed your readiness to die a thousand times for your Christian faith. Today the whole world admires your courage. We feel particularly proud of you as our brother.
And we pray: You, a family man, protect our families. Keep them united in love.
You, who bore your sufferings with patience and resignation, intercede for the sick of mind and body; help them to receive the grace of God’s miraculous healing.
You, who died in a foreign country, take care of Filipinos living and working in this country and in other parts of the world.
You, an example of Christian fortitude, sustain our faith and make it spread and grow strong all around us.
You, the Philippines’ first saint, be the country’s special protector. Unite us as one people; help us to work in harmony for development and progress; and give us peace. Amen.
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz is a Christian martyr and the first Filipino to be canonized. Born in Manila to a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, he was educated under the Dominicans. He served as an altar boy and sacristan in Binondo Church. In 1636, he was involved in a criminal case which prompted him to leave the country.
He was later persecuted in Japan after refusing to renounce his Christian faith. He was said to have uttered these words upon his death: “I am a Catholic and wholeheartedly do accept death for God; Had I a thousand lives, all these to Him shall I offer.”
His canonization was based on a miracle that happened in 1983. A two-year-old hydrocephalic girl was cured after her family and supporters prayed to San Lorenzo for his intercession.
- Catholic Online, Wikipedia
- Ladra, Rev. Fr. Mario Jose C. (2007). Straight From the Heart. Makati City, Philippines: St Pauls.