紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Martin de Porres, Religious
St. Martin (1579-1639) was born in Lima, Peru, and lived a life of fasting, prayer, and penance as a Dominican. Apprenticed at a young age to a barber-surgeon, he provided medical care for the poor and sick of Lima, especially ministering to slaves. He was devoted to the Blessed Eucharist and was a friend of St. Rose of Lima.
He had established an orphanage and children’s hospital for the poor.
St. Martin was beatified in 1837, by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized on May 6, 1962, by Pope John XXIII. He was the first black saint from the Americas.
O God, who led Saint Martin de Porres
by the path of humility to heavenly glory,
grant that we may so follow his radiant example in this life
as to merit to be exalted with him in heaven.
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