INSPIRING NOVENA TO SAINT LAWRENCE, DEACON & MARTYR: DAY 9

Opening Prayer for Day 9

O God, as we come to the final day of this novena in honor of Saint Lawrence, we humbly seek your grace and guidance. We thank you for the inspiration we have received from the life of this faithful servant and martyr. Through the intercession of Saint Lawrence, may we be strengthened to live our faith with courage, compassion, and selflessness. Grant us the grace to follow his example and bear witness to the Gospel in our lives (Pause & add your intentions). We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Life, Examples & Legacies (Part 9)

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

Day 9 – Office of the Reading on St. Lawrence

From the “Sermon on the Life of St. Lawrence” by St. Augustine

*“The Roman Church commends this day to us as the blessed Laurence’s day of triumph, on which he trod down the world as it roared and raged against him; spurned it as it coaxed and wheedled him; and in each case, conquered the devil as he persecuted him. For in that Church, you see, as you have regularly been told, he performed the office of deacon; it was there that he administered the sacred chalice of Christ’s blood; there that he shed his own blood for the name of Christ. The blessed apostle John clearly explained the mystery of the Lord’s supper when he said Just as Christ laid down his life for us, so we too ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. My brethren, Lawrence understood this and, understanding, he acted on it. Just as he had partaken of a gift of self at the table of the Lord, so he prepared to offer such a gift. In his life, he loved Christ; in his death, he followed in his footsteps.

On Lawrence’s courage before his execution:

Brethren, we too must imitate Lawrence if we desire to reign with Christ. We too must be found imitating him if we are to share in his glory. Behold how the Lord in his love shows us the way of humility. He shows it by his own example, for he is the very personification of humility. The preachers of God’s truth led holy lives themselves and were proud of the opportunity to suffer for the truth, for they were convinced that they were not undergoing persecution for themselves, but for you.

On the meaning of Lawrence’s name:

Lawrence, as we are told, was briskly ordered to hand over the Church’s treasure. The thought occurred to him: “The Church is poor and I am a poor man, what can I give her? Silver and gold I have none…” But he offered himself, that is, he set himself on fire. The material fire which was prepared for that kind-hearted man was incapable of burning Lawrence. The burning love within him consumed the flames without.

On Lawrence’s joyful endurance:

“The flames are my crown,” he said. “I am already on the way.” That fire which was outside him could not touch the flames within. Perhaps you are asking what was this flame inside him? It was the fire of the Holy Spirit, which comes down from heaven and burns in the hearts of those who love their neighbour… For Lawrence it was love for his fellow men that enabled him to conquer the fire which devoured him.

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FEAST OF SAINT LAWRENCE, DEACON AND MARTYR - 10th AUGUST - Prayers and PetitionsMeditation for Day 9

As we come to the end of this novena in honor of Saint Lawrence, let us take a moment to meditate on the profound lessons we have learned from his life.

Saint Lawrence’s story is one of love, courage, and selflessness. As a deacon of the Church, he dedicated himself to serving the poor and marginalized, recognizing in them the true treasures of the Church. He understood that authentic discipleship involved giving generously and sacrificially to those in need, imitating the example of Christ. Facing persecution, Saint Lawrence did not waver in his faith but embraced his calling with courage and trust in God. He willingly offered his life for Christ and the Gospel, knowing that his true treasure was in heaven.

In our own lives, we are called to emulate Saint Lawrence’s virtues. We are called to love our neighbors, especially the poor and vulnerable, with genuine compassion and selflessness. Let us remember that our faith is not meant to be an isolated belief but a lived reality that transforms us and impels us to action. Saint Lawrence’s joyful endurance in the face of martyrdom teaches us to find strength in God’s presence, even in the midst of trials. As we encounter challenges or persecutions, may we be reminded that God’s grace is sufficient to sustain us, and our hope rests in the promise of eternal life with Him. Let us also reflect on the meaning of our own names as Christians. We are called to be “little Christs” (Christians), and our lives should reflect the love and humility of Christ. Like Saint Lawrence, may we set our hearts on fire with the love of God and allow that love to consume and transform us.

As we conclude this novena, let us pray for the grace to carry the lessons of Saint Lawrence’s life in our hearts. May we become instruments of God’s love, shining His light in the world and boldly proclaiming the Gospel through our words and deeds.

Scriptural Reflection

  • 1 Peter 5:10: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish 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

Loving God, as we conclude this novena, we thank you for the witness of Saint Lawrence, who showed us the path of love, courage, and devotion to Christ. Through his intercession, may we grow in our commitment to follow Jesus with all our hearts. Grant us the grace to love our neighbors, especially the poor and vulnerable, with the same selflessness and compassion that characterized Saint Lawrence’s life. May we embrace our Christian calling joyfully, knowing that our true treasure lies in you. 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.

👏🏼👏🏼 Great job praying Day 9! Congratulations! May God hear your humble prayers!👏🏼👏🏼

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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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Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
6 months ago

Beloved son of the Church, pray for us.
Courageous martyr of Christ, pray for us. Amen

Nora Ekeh
Nora Ekeh
6 months ago

St. Lawrence Pray for us

Ozioma
Ozioma
6 months ago

As we conclude this novena today, may the Lord through St Lawrence hear and answer our individual intention through Christ our Lord. Amen

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
6 months ago

Saint Lawrence, lover of the poor; pray for us

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
6 months ago

St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr pray for your children.

Adaeze
Adaeze
6 months ago

Holy Lawrence, man of unshakable faith, pray for us. Amen

Roses Utsaha
Roses Utsaha
6 months ago

St Lawrence, intercede for us.

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
6 months ago

I pray for the Grace to imitate St. Lawrence, in works, deeds and action through Christ our Lord, Amen

Ogechukwu
Ogechukwu
6 months ago

May the Lord hear our prayers through the intercession of st Lawrence and grant us the zeal to be charitable to our neighbours, Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
6 months ago

St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, Pray for us Amen

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
6 months ago

St. Lawrence, lover of the poor pray for us and our country Nigeria.

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
6 months ago

I pray for courage and strength to become instrument of God’s love to our neighbors and people we meet in lives Amen

Obainoke Jane
Obainoke Jane
6 months ago

As we conclude this the novena to St.Lawerence,May He continue to intercede for us so that all our prayers will be answered through Christ Our Lord Amen

Anthonia
Anthonia
6 months ago

St. Lawrence, safe Francis Osakue

Uba Susanna Chiebone
Uba Susanna Chiebone
6 months ago

Thank you my Lord for participating in this Novena and the know about St Lawrence Deacon and Matey his love for the poor. St Lawrence – Pray for us.

Hwange Thaddeus
Hwange Thaddeus
6 months ago

St. Lawrence intercede for us

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
6 months ago

Thank God for the successful completion of the Novena to St Lawrence, we believe that with his intercession , all our prayers are answered through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen

christiana
christiana
6 months ago

Through the intercession of St Lawrence may God heal us of every infirmity in Jesus name Amen

Ije-Amaka
Ije-Amaka
6 months ago

St Lawrence!A true hero of the church

Pray for us

Ifeoma Nsude
Ifeoma Nsude
6 months ago

Amen

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
6 months ago

Courageous martyr of Christ, pray for me, my husband and children. Amen

Lina Omagbitse
Lina Omagbitse
6 months ago

Like St Lawrence, may we set our hearts on fire with the love of God and allow that love to consume and transform us. Amen. May we become instruments of God’s love shinning His light daily, proclaiming the Gospel through our words and deeds. Amen. St Lawrence, pray for us

Christiana Nwosu
Christiana Nwosu
6 months ago

O God, as we come to the final day of this novena in honor of Saint Lawrence, we humbly seek your grace and guidance. We thank you for the inspiration we have received from the life of this faithful servant and martyr. Through the intercession of Saint Lawrence, may we be strengthened to live our faith with courage, compassion, and selflessness. Grant us the grace to follow his example and bear witness to the Gospel in our lives. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Rumeh
Rumeh
6 months ago

St Lawrence pray for us

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
6 months ago

Amen

Margaret Mngohol Achie
Margaret Mngohol Achie
6 months ago

Thank God for seeing us through the end of this inspiring Novena.
May the intercession and virtues of St. Lawrence be manifested in our lives.

Angela Oluchi
Angela Oluchi
6 months ago

Courageous Martyr of Christ…Pray for us.

Mojisola
Mojisola
6 months ago

Amen

uju chukwuma
uju chukwuma
6 months ago

May all my prayer request be answered…Amen

Henry
Henry
6 months ago

Thank you St Lawrence.

Regina Ikpeni
Regina Ikpeni
6 months ago

Faithful servant of Christ ,defender of the faith pray for us Amen

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
6 months ago

St Lawrence, hear and grant our petitions, Amen

Thelma
Thelma
6 months ago

St Lawrence pray for us

Onyerionwu Gina
Onyerionwu Gina
6 months ago

St Lawrence intercede for us

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
6 months ago

Amen. Thank you Padre for guiding throughout this journey of nine days. May our sacrifice of love never go unrewarded. Amen

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
6 months ago

St. Lawrence, pray for us and please receive for me from God, that Grace that enabled you to make the love of your neighbor, priority in your service to God.

I’m greatly inspired by St. Lawrence’s love for the poor, sick and needy

Felicity
Felicity
6 months ago

Amen

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
6 months ago

St Lawrence Deacon and Martyr, pray for us

Magdalene Omono
Magdalene Omono
6 months ago

St Lawrence intercede for me and my family

Innocent chibuike
Innocent chibuike
6 months ago

Through the intersection of st Lawrence,I pray for d grace to keep helping d poor and vulnerable and may God continue to provide for all those dat do help d poor through Christ our lord amen

Agatha
Agatha
6 months ago

Thank God for the grave to do the novena

Emeka Odugu
Emeka Odugu
6 months ago

God, make me an instruments of your love, so I can shine your light in the world and boldly proclaim the Gospel through my words and deeds, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Ebele Ojukwu
Ebele Ojukwu
6 months ago

St. Lawrence, pray for us Amen

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
6 months ago

May through the intercession of St Lawrence, no petition go unanswered through Christ our Lord Amen.
St Lawrence, pray for us

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
6 months ago

Thanks be to God for a successful completion of the novena.

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
6 months ago

Amen

Priscilla
Priscilla
6 months ago

Thank you Lord for your mercy.

Chiedozie
Chiedozie
6 months ago

Through the intercession of St Lawrence, may we embrace our Christian calling joyfully, knowing that our true treasure lies in you. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
6 months ago

Saint Lawrence, Zealous defender of the faith and courageous martyr of the church, Pray for us and help us to be more like Jesus Christ, Amen.

Lorret
Lorret
6 months ago

Amen thank you Lord. I am glad I did this novena and finish it all as well without missing a day

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