Prayer to San Lorenzo Ruiz
O Most Blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Creator of all things, infinite goodness and love. You gave San Lorenzo Ruiz courage and strength to die as witness of the Gospel of Christ. By his prayers, help us to endure all sufferings for love of you and to seek you with all our hearts. Deign to accept our prayers through his intercession.
O San Lorenzo Ruiz we come to you with confidence as our kin and brother. You have undergone misfortunes and tremendous pains, help us in our trials and frustrations to firmly trust in God’s loving Providence and Fatherly goodness. Obtain for us the graces we need, especially: (choose one) 1) Peace and Harmony in the World, 2) Perseverance in our priestly and missionary vocation, 3) Courage and Strength to resist temptations, 4) Generosity in doing God’s will and in responding to our seminary formation, 5) other urgent, important and relevant intention may be expressed).
San Lorenzo Ruiz, we pray for the needs of the Church, for our country, for the peace of the world, and for our particular needs.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, Pray for Us.
For all Bishops, especially our Archbishop______________.
For all diocesan and religious priests, brothers and sisters.
For Catholic men and women involved in lay apostolate
For the increase of priestly and religious vocation
For all seminaries, especially the Lorenzo Mission Institute
For all Catholic schools
For those who are working for the health and welfare of our people, especially, the teachers who are working for the education of the young
For the laborers and the unemployed
For peace and economic progress of our country and all peoples
For intelligent and dynamic growth to maturity in our political involvement
During calamities of fire, typhoon, flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption and epidemic diseases
That the mission of the Church in Asia and throughout the world may be understood and bear abundant fruits.
That hunger and pestilence may be wiped out from all peoples
That we may learn to live together in harmony in spite of our differences, and that we may have patience and endurance in all difficulties
That we may be able to see the value and meaning of our sufferings, and that we may have constant joy in bearing our cross daily:
That we may be channels of peace and Christian love
That all peoples in Asia and everywhere may come to believe in the One True God
For justice, peace and understanding among nations
For benevolent collaboration and harmonious cooperation among nations toward common progress
For Christian missionaries in Asia and around the world.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, by admirable design of Divine Providence you have been declared by Pope John Paul II in this modern times to be our model of faith and endurance as witness of Jesus Christ. Be with us now as we ask our Heavenly Father for light to guide our ways, courage and strength in our temptations and adversities, joy and fruitfulness in living together.
Let us Pray:
Lord Jesus Christ, You are here with us now, because you have said: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” It is in your name that we assembly here today with your Martyr, San Lorenzo Ruiz, and ask his intercession that we may ever remain faithful and close to you, who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
PRAYER OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
TO OUR LADY OF SHESHAN
ON THE OCCASION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
FOR THE CHURCH IN CHINA (24 MAY 2008)
Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother,
venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title “Help of Christians”,
the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
We come before you today to implore your protection.
Look upon the People of God and, with a mother’s care, guide them
along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be
a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.
When you obediently said “yes” in the house of Nazareth,
you allowed God’s eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb
and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption.
You willingly and generously cooperated in that work,
allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul,
until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary,
standing beside your Son, who died that we might live.
From that moment, you became, in a new way,
the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith
and choose to follow in his footsteps by taking up his Cross.
Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed
with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter.
Grant that your children may discern at all times,
even those that are darkest, the signs of God’s loving presence.
Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China,
who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love.
May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world,
and of the world to Jesus.
In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high,
offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love.
Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love,
ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.
Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever. Amen!