Novenas

Novena to St. Lawrence

We do not know much about the life of St. Lawrence. He was a deacon in the ancient church who dedicated his life to serving the poor of the church. However the story of his martyrdom is inspiring and shows …

We do not know much about the life of St. Lawrence. He was a deacon in the ancient church who dedicated his life to serving the poor of the church. However the story of his martyrdom is inspiring and shows how we can have tremendous bravery in the face of adversity.

About Saint Lawrence

Saint Lawrence was a Roman deacon in the ancient church serving under Pope Sixtus II. He lived during a time when Romans were persecuting the early church under emperor Valerian. St. Ambrose is the reason why we know the story of St. Lawrence’s martyrdom.

As a deacon in Rome he was responsible for the church’s temporal goods. He would distribute alms to the poor. When Saint Lawrence found out he was going to be arrested, like the holy see, for being a follower of Jesus Christ. He gave away all of the church’s riches to the poor of the church. By the time the Roman officials came to arrest him, he had given away everything the church had. This made the Romans angry. They were expecting a to loot the church’s riches, but instead they only found the church’s poor.

when asked what happened to the Church’s resources, Saint Lawrence gathered a group of people who were suffering many ailments and said, “These are the treasure of the Church.”

This angered the Romans so it was decided that he was to be killed, but slowly and painfully.

The Romans ordered that a giant gridiron, essentially a grill, be set up. Underneath the gridiron they place hot coals. They then tied blessed Lawrence to the gridiron cooking him alive. After he had experienced immense suffering, he made his famous cheerful remark, “It is well done. Turn me over!”

It is for that reason that blessed Lawrence is the patron saint of chef’s and comedians.

May we all embrace the suffering in our lives with as much bravery and good humor as Saint Lawrence.

Saint Lawrence Novena

Feast Day: August 10th

Novena Start: August 1st

Patron Saint: Rome, Chefs, Poor, Cooks, Comedians, Deacons and Martyr

Day 1

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious St Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbor. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom. Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly…  

(Mention your request here…)

 Help me, dear St Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. 

Amen

St. Lawrence, pray for us. 

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 2

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious St Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbor. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom. Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly…  

(Mention your request here…)

 Help me, dear St Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. 

Amen

St. Lawrence, pray for us. 

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 3

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious St Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbor. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom. Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly…  

(Mention your request here…)

 Help me, dear St Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. 

Amen

St. Lawrence, pray for us. 

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 4

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious St Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbor. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom. Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly…  

(Mention your request here…)

 Help me, dear St Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. 

Amen

St. Lawrence, pray for us. 

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 5

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious St Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbor. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom. Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly…  

(Mention your request here…)

 Help me, dear St Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. 

Amen

St. Lawrence, pray for us. 

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 6

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious St Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbor. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom. Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly…  

(Mention your request here…)

 Help me, dear St Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. 

Amen

St. Lawrence, pray for us. 

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 7

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious St Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbor. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom. Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly…  

(Mention your request here…)

 Help me, dear St Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. 

Amen

St. Lawrence, pray for us. 

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 8

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious Saint Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbor. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom. Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly…  

(Mention your request here…)

 Help me, dear St Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. 

Amen

St. Lawrence, pray for us. 

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 9

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious Saint Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbor. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom. Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly…  

(Mention your request here…)

 Help me, dear St Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. 

Amen

St. Lawrence, pray for us. 

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

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Alternative Novena Prayer

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Lawrence as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the love of You he showed throughout his whole life.

St. Lawrence, we know little for certain about your early life. But it is thought that both of your parents were Christian martyrs. We do know that you desired to serve God from the time you were young. 

Please bring my petitions before God Whom you desired to serve!

You became a deacon as a young man. You spent the rest of your life serving the Church before eventually being martyred for your Faith.

Pray for me, that I may always devote my life to God as wholeheartedly as you did. Pray that I may be eager to serve God in whatever ways He calls me to serve Him.

Please also pray for (mention your intentions here).

St. Lawrence, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

Prayer to St. Lawrence

O Generous patron of the Church’s poor, St. Lawrence, pray to the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that all the poor of the Church in need in every corner of the world may feel the effect of the love of their brothers and sisters who seek to help them.

Deliver the Church from the greed and envy of the powerful and protect her rights and property so that she may serve the needy in freedom, giving them good things for soul and body.

May we come some day with all those whom we helped on earth to the bright mansions of heaven where we will enjoy the riches of God’s house and the company of the Savior who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.