First Day

Opening Song

Oh, dear martyr of God; dear San Lorenzo Ruiz, you sealed your faith with blood, dying a Christian death. Teach us to follow Christ, walk with Him all the Way. Carrying the cross aright onward to Calvary.

Hail! San Lorenzo, dear San Lorenzo, pray for the Philippines. Pray for Asia. Pray for the world.

Opening Prayer

Dear Lord, we acknowledge that you are the source of all truth, goodness, beauty and holiness. You have inspired Your son, San Lorenzo Ruiz, to proclaim your name by the shedding of his blood. Be with us throughout this Novena so that like San Lorenzo Ruiz, we may also allow You to be the center and master of our lives. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Day One
Called to Serve at an Early Age

“Three centuries ago, the missionary martyrs, whom this morning the Church solemnly numbers among the saints, heard those words as if addressed to them. Among them there were also several lay persons: a Filipino and two Japanese. With courage, they were able to make their contribution so that the proclamation of the Gospel might reach “the ends of the world.” (Blessed John Paul II)

Lorenzo, you were born in Binondo to a Chinese father and a Filipina mother. You grew up in a religiious environment, the reason why you became an altar boy at a very young age. Little did you know that you were being called by God to a greater kind of offering of self later in your life.

Dear San Lorenzo, at a very tender age, you responded to God’s call to serve Jesus at the altar. Help us to be mindful of the Holy Spirit’s stirrings in our lives, so that, just like you, we may also respond generously to God’s call to holiness and to service. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (1 Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be… San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.)

Litany to San Lorenzo Ruiz

San Lorenzo Ruiz, we lift up to you our prayers for the Church, our families, our country and for the world.

San Lorenzo Ruiz, Pray for Us.

That Pope (N) may always be guided by the Holy Spirit.
That all bishops may be true fathers to their flock.
That all priests may value and be faithful to their vocations.
That the Church may be a shining instrument of God’s presence.
That vocations to the priesthood and to the religious life may abound.
That all families may be united in love and forgiveness.
That parents may teach their children to love God.
That children may be respectful and obedient to their parents.
That young people may value purity of heart.
That the elderly may experience love and care.
That the leaders of our country may serve without counting the cost.
That all citizens may contribute to the betterment of our country.
That the poor may experience love and concern.
That the rich may share their blessings to those who have less.
That both the rich and the poor may work together and do their respective parts in the spread of God’s Kingdom.
That laborers may be given just compensation.
That all educators may teach the value of integrity.
That missionaries may bring the Gospel to those who have not heard it.
That Asia may be open to the Gospel of love and life taught by Jesus.
That nations may work for the common good.
That the world may be one as the Lord desires it.

San Lorenzo Ruiz, you have declared by the Catholic Church as worthy of our veneration and love. We, your countrymen and devotees would like to ask your intercession, that just like you we may also conquer our pride, ambition, and selfishness. Intercede for us before the Father that we may be faithful and obedient children to Him. May our blessed Mother Mary and all the angels and saints help us in our pilgrimage here on earth, that one day we may be with you eternally worshipping our Almighty God. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Final Prayer

Dear San Lorenzo Ruiz, we felt your companionship during our Novena to you. We pray that as we travel in this valley of tears, we may always find comfort in remembering that we have a Filipino brother, who has conquered fear and death. This you have done, not by relying on your own strength and power but by trusting and surrendering everything to God.
Through your intercession, guide and guard our country and the world, that we may always do the will of God in our lives. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn To San Lorenzo Ruiz

Ang Bayang Pilipino ngayon ay nagsasaya,
Isang sugo sa langit tayo ay mayroon na,
Salamat sa Maykapal sa banal na biyaya,
Tinanghal ng daigdig kayumangging dakila.

Purihin ka, Lorenzo, at ‘yong mga kasama;
alagad ng Maykapal, sagisag ng pag-asa
Sa rosaryo ng Birhen, kami’y iyong kasama
Iyo ang aming puso, Lorenzo de Manila
Iyo ang aming puso, Lorenzo de Manila

Ipagbunyi din natin mga kasamang martir,
Sa lupa at sa langit, sila ay dadakilain
Salamat sa Maykapal sa banal na biyaya,
Tinanghal ng daigdig kayumangging dakila.