紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr
Born near Ancona, Italy, into a poor peasant family, St. Maria (1890-1902) was known for her cheerfulness and piety. At twelive years old, she was stabbed to death bya young man for resisting his attempts to seduce her. He later reformed his life completely and was present at her canonization in 1950.
O God, author of innocence and lover of chastity,
who bestowed the grace of martyrdom
on your handmaid, the Virgin Saint Maria Goretti, in her youth,
grant, we pray, through her intercession,
that, as you gave her a crown for her steadfastness,
so we, too, may be firm in obeying your commandments.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
English text: Daily Roman Missal, 2011