紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, Marytr
St. Lorenzo Ruiz (ca. 1600-1637), was born in Binondo, Manila. He was nurtured by his Chinese father and Filipino mother, both Catholic. He grew in faith, and served as a sacristan at a local convent. Later, he developed his skill as a calligrapher, transcribing sacramental documents for the Binondo Dominican parish. He got married and had three children, two boys and a girl.
Suddenly, the life of this trustworthy religious man changed dramatically. Falsely accused of murder in 1636, Lorenzo escaped with the help of Dominican missionaries. They boarded a ship headed for Japan during a time of persecution of Christians.
Shortly after their arrival in Okinawa, they were all captured, taken to Nagasaki, and tortured for their beliefs. Rather than deny his faith, Lorenzo Ruiz suffered a grueling martyrdom.
“I am a Catholic and I will remain a Catholic even to the point of death. Only to God will I offer my life. Even if I had a thousand lives, I will still offer them to Him.”
St. Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino venerated in the Roman Catholic Church. Of Chinese-Filipino parentage, he became the country’s protomartyr after his execution by the Tokugawa Shogunate during its persecution of Japanese Christians in the 17th century.
St. Lorenzo Ruiz was canonized on October 18, 1987, making him the first Filipino saint. His canonization took place in 1983.
O most merciful and almighty God,
You bestowed as gift to Lorenzo Ruiz
The strength to withstand
The overpowering forces of death
For the sake of his faith in You.
Through his prayers,
Help us to follow his example
By overcoming all life’s trials
And eventually, increase
Our hope and love in You.
O St. Lorenzo Ruiz,
You brought honor to your country,
Having been a level-headed
And prudent father of the family,
A witness of Christ in your life
Until your death.
We present all our petitions
To God through your help
So that by our actions,
We may know more and love more
Jesus our Lord and Savior.
We humbly implore
Your intercession O dear St. Lorenzo,
For the infinite glory of God
And in honor of your triumph
As a martyr of Christ
And defender of Christianity.