INSPIRING NOVENA TO SAINT LAWRENCE, DEACON & MARTYR: DAY 1

Opening Prayer for Day 1

Heavenly Father, we come before you in prayer to honour and seek the intercession of Saint Lawrence, your faithful servant, and martyr. Grant us the grace to learn from his life of unwavering faith, love for the poor, and courage in the face of persecution. As we journey through this novena, may we grow closer to you and be inspired by the example of Saint Lawrence (Pause & add your intentions). We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Life, Examples & Legacies (Part 1)

Telling them apart: The Saint Lawrences | Salt + Light Media

Saint Lawrence was born in the third century, possibly in Spain or Italy. He was one of the seven deacons of Rome, entrusted with the responsibility of serving the poor and distributing alms to those in need. Lawrence was deeply devoted to his ministry and had a great love for the poor, often referring to them as the “treasures of the Church.” During the reign of the Roman Emperor Valerian, Christians faced severe persecution. Pope Sixtus II, the head of the Church in Rome, was martyred, and Lawrence knew that he would be next. When the Roman authorities demanded that Lawrence hand over the Church’s treasures, he instead distributed all the wealth to the poor and needy, showing his unwavering commitment to Christ and His teachings. On August 10, 258 AD, Saint Lawrence was arrested and condemned to death. He was subjected to a cruel and agonizing martyrdom. Tradition holds that he was grilled alive on a gridiron, and during this torment, he famously said, “Turn me over, I am done on this side!” Lawrence’s steadfast faith and sense of humor in the face of suffering have made him a beloved saint and a symbol of Christian courage.

FEAST OF SAINT LAWRENCE, DEACON AND MARTYR - 10th AUGUST - Prayers and PetitionsMeditation for Day 1

As we reflect on the life of Saint Lawrence, let us contemplate the love he had for the poor and his willingness to give up his life rather than betray his faith. In our own lives, are we attentive to the needs of those less fortunate? Do we recognize the treasures found in the faces of the marginalized? Let us pray for the grace to imitate Saint Lawrence’s selflessness and dedication to serving others, even in the face of adversity.

Scriptural Reflection

  • Matthew 5:10-12: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Litany of Saint Lawrence

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Saint Lawrence, pray for us.
Beloved son of the Church, pray for us.
Courageous martyr of Christ, pray for us.
Zealous defender of the faith, pray for us.
Lover of the poor, pray for us.
Servant of the suffering, pray for us.
Patron of deacons, pray for us.
Example of virtue, pray for us.
Faithful follower of Christ, pray for us.
Hope of the hopeless, pray for us.
Man of unshakable faith, pray for us.
Witness to the Gospel, pray for us.
Lover of God’s creation, pray for us.
Holy Lawrence, pray for us.

Carissimi: Today's Mass; St Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr – The Brighton OratoryConcluding Prayer

O God, you gave Saint Lawrence the strength to face persecution and martyrdom with unwavering faith and courage. Through his intercession, grant us the grace to stand firm in our beliefs, to love one another as Christ loved us, and to serve those in need with selfless hearts. May we be inspired by his example of joyful endurance and be united with him in praising you eternally in heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing+

Through the intercession of St. Lawrence, deacon & martyr, may Almighty God bless us + in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Shalom!
Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Loreto, São Paulo, Brazil
nozickcjoe@gmail.com / fadacjay@gmail.com

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Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
10 months ago

May God increase our love for the vulnerable Amen

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
10 months ago

St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, pray that we may bring into our lives and living the prayers we say.

John juliet
John juliet
10 months ago

Amen

Emilia
Emilia
10 months ago

St Lawrence servant of the suffering, pray for us. Amen

Ije-Amaka
Ije-Amaka
10 months ago

Help me to see you in the less privileged Lord

Oh Dear St Lawrence servant of the suffering,please pray for us all

Ewa Lawrence
Ewa Lawrence
10 months ago

St. Lawrence Patron of Deacons pray for us

Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
10 months ago

Saint lawrence hope of the hopeless pray for us Amen

Udu Vivian
Udu Vivian
10 months ago

May almighty God bless and Grant us our hearts desire ijn amen

Hwange Thaddeus
Hwange Thaddeus
10 months ago

St Lawrence Deacon and martyr, pray for us

Aromashodu Bisi
Aromashodu Bisi
10 months ago

Saint Lawrence pray for us. Amen

Phoebe Atetan
Phoebe Atetan
10 months ago

May God give us the grace to follow St Lawrence’s way of life now and always Amen

Christiana Nwosu
Christiana Nwosu
10 months ago

St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, help us to remain faithful in the face of trials and tribulations, Amen.

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
10 months ago

Holy Lawrence, pray for us.
Amen.

Stephanie
Stephanie
10 months ago

St. Lawrence, Pray for Us, Amen

Felicity
Felicity
10 months ago

Amen

Chinwe Elo- Okoye
Chinwe Elo- Okoye
10 months ago

Holy Lawrence, Chai what an enduring spirit!!! Keep interceding for us especially as we are facing challenges in this adverse economy. This is indeed a clear lifestyle of ” Suffering and Smiling.

Henry
Henry
10 months ago

St Lawrence… Pray for us

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
10 months ago

St. Lawrence, hope of the hopeless pray for us and our country Nigeria.

Aondover Demvihin scholarstica
Aondover Demvihin scholarstica
10 months ago

Saint Lawrence, pray for us that our faith will be increase in saving God by helping the less privileged.

FAYOMI RAPHAEL GBENGA
FAYOMI RAPHAEL GBENGA
10 months ago

SAINT Lawrence, hope of the hopeless pray for us all.

Bamigboye Margaret
Bamigboye Margaret
10 months ago

St Lawrence pray for us

Ebele Ojukwu
Ebele Ojukwu
10 months ago

St. Lawrence, pray for us

Vivian
Vivian
10 months ago

St. Lawrence pray for us. Amen

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
10 months ago

Amen

Adebayo Olabode Micheal
Adebayo Olabode Micheal
10 months ago

Through the intercession of Saint Lawrence’s may we have selflessness and dedication to serving others, even in the face of adversity.

Joy
Joy
10 months ago

St Lawrence Lover of God’s creation, pray for us

Callista
Callista
10 months ago

May our prayer requests be granted through the intercession of St. Lawrence, Amen.

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
10 months ago

St, Lawrence, Deacon & friend of the poor, pray for us. Amen

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
10 months ago

St Lawrence
Pray for us

Nasa
Nasa
10 months ago

St Lawrence pray for us. Amen

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
10 months ago

St Lawrence pray for us Amen

Tsado Theodora
Tsado Theodora
10 months ago

St Lawrence pray for us

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
10 months ago

Hope of the hopeless, pray for me, my husband and my children. Amen

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
10 months ago

Saint Lawrence lover of the poor, Pray for us Amen.

Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka
Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka
10 months ago

Through the intercession of st Lawrence, may the Lord grant us the grace to stand firm in our beliefs, love one another as Christ loved us, and to serve those in need with selfless hearts.

Priscilla
Priscilla
10 months ago

St Lawrence lover of the poor, pray for us, Amen

Ominyi Ada
Ominyi Ada
10 months ago

Sr Lawrence, pray for you Amen.

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
10 months ago

St Lawrence please pray for the church to be strengthen by your faith

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
10 months ago

St. Lawrence, pray for us Amen

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
10 months ago

St Lawrence, Pray for us Amen

Saadatu Akough
Saadatu Akough
10 months ago

Thank you Jesus Christ for answering our prayers. Amen

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
10 months ago

Beloved son of the Church, pray for us.

Ahom Valentine Ushahemba
Ahom Valentine Ushahemba
10 months ago

St Lawrence pray for us

uju chukwuma
uju chukwuma
10 months ago

May heavenly father give us more strength to imitate the ways of St Lawrence

Annie
Annie
10 months ago

Saint Lawrence Deacon and Martyr, pray for us

Johnkennedy
Johnkennedy
10 months ago

St. Lawrence may your generous heart for the poor help me to do more to help the less priviledge….Amen

Francis Dominic Enimil Ashun
Francis Dominic Enimil Ashun
10 months ago

St. Lawrence, deacon & martyr, pray for us

Ifeoma
Ifeoma
10 months ago

St Lawrence. Pray for us.

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
10 months ago

St. Lawrence, Man of unshakable faith, Pray for us. Amen!

Rita Shinku
Rita Shinku
10 months ago

St. Lawrence,pray for us that our Faith om God remains steadfast.
Amen

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