Novena to Saint Martin de Porres begins
On November 3, we celebrate the feast of St Martin de Porres, a Peruvian Dominican Brother whose life of charity and devotion led to his canonization as the first black saint of the Americas.
Martin’s kindness and his love of prayer and humility helped him become friends with many people from all social classes, which enabled him to alleviate the sufferings of many. His popularity allowed him to use all of his extraordinary gifts to serve the poor and to work diligently to promote their cause.
Saint Martin’s love was shown equally to humans and to animals, including mice. Like St. Francis of Assisi, Martin treated animals as brothers and sisters and they did whatever he told them to do. He maintained a hospital for cats and dogs at his sister’s house. A close friend of St. Rose of Lima, Martin died in 1639 at the age of sixty and was canonized in 1962.
Saint Martin de Porres is the patron saint of: African Americans, barbers, bi-racial people, hair stylists, hotel-keepers, inter-racial justice, mixed-race people, Peru, poor people, public education, public health, race relations, racial harmony, social justice, and television.
Novena Prayers to Saint Martin de Porres
For 9 days in a row, say:
Saint Martin de Porres,
your concern and charity embraced
not only your needy brethren,
but also the animals of the field.
You are a splendid example of charity;
we thank and praise you.
hear the requests of your needy brethern.
(Mention your request here…)
By modelling our lives after yours,
and imitating your virtues,
may we live content knowing that
God has looked favourably upon us.
Because this is so,
we can accept our burdens
with strength and courage
in order to follow
in the footsteps of our Lord
and the Blessed Mother.
May we reach the Kingdom of Heaven
through the intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ.