A novena prayer in honor of St. Lawrence the Martyr

On Monday, August 10, the feast of St. Lawrence, patron saint of cooks, chefs, and comedians, is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church. Ordered by the emperor Valerian to turn over the riches of the Church, he presented the emperor with a vast gathering of the poor and was sentenced to die. Characteristically cheerful in defiance, he joked with his executioners even as he was being roasted to death on a gridiron.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a church such as St. Lawrence the Martyr in Alexandria, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of this novena prayer from the Prayers4Reparation website on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on August 10:

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 neighbour. 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 favours and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly (name it). 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.
(Pater, Ave, Gloria)

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