PRAYER FOR PRIESTS.
Divine Saviour, Jesus Christ, who have entrusted your work of redemption to the priests, who take your place on earth. I offer you, through the hands of your most holy mother for the sanctification of your priests and future priests this whole day, all my prayers, works, joys, sacrifices and sufferings. Give us saintly priests. Grant to them apostolic hearts, filled with love for you and all the souls belonging to you, so that, being themselves sanctified in you, they may sanctify us who are entrusted to their care and bring us safely into heaven. Loving Jesus, bless all their prayers and words at the altar and in the confessional, in the pulpit, in the school and at the sickbed. Call many young men to the priesthood and monastic life. Protect and sanctify all who will become your priests. And grant to the souls of the priests who have departed this life, eternal rest. And to you, Mary, Mother of all priests, take them under your special protection and lead them ever to the highest priestly sanctity. Amen.
Katolikong Katesismo on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary time, September 27, 2015.
WHO IS ST LORENZO RUIZ?
St Lorenzo Ruiz, the First Filipino saint, was born in the Chinese District of Manila. He was happily married to a lovely Filipina, who bore him three children. In 1636, while serving as a clerk at Binondo Church, he was falsely accused of murdering a spaniard. To escape execution, he fled with some Dominican Missionaries bound for Japan. When the ship reached Okinawa they were arrested and horribly tortured.
The Martyrs were made to swallow pails of water while some soldiers trampled on their belly. Long needles put in their fingers provoked agonizing pains. Finally, they were hanged upside down inside holes full of filth, causing a slow and excruciating death. Before his martyrdom, Lorenzo said;
“I AM A DEVOUT CHRISTIAN AND I AM READY TO DIE FOR CHRIST. IF I HAD A THOUSAND LIVES, I WOULD GIVE ALL OF THEM TO HIM.”
Two renegade priests, who worked as interpreters for the Japanese were moved to repentance by his heroic faith. They took the first ship bound for Manila to report the whole story. The Archbishop, in sign of gratitude, ordered all the bells of the city to ring in honor of Lorenzo.