4th / Fourth Day / dedicated to Saint Antoine Daniel, S.J.
Martyred July 4, 1648.
Antoine Daniel was born In Normandy, turned from the lure of worldly honours, became a Jesuit at 20, was ordained a priest at 29, answered a strong call to the Mission of Canada, was a Missioner near Bras d’Or Lakes (1632), founded first boys College in North America (Quebec 1635), laboured in Huronia for twelve years.
Brébeuf wrote of him, “I never saw one more resolute to start out for Huronia even when he was told he might lose his life on the way.” He mastered the language and dreamed of forming future catechists among the Hurons who would instruct other members of their tribe.
Finishing his annual retreat at Ste. Marie July 2, 1648, he left for his mission at St. Joseph, twelve miles away. Two days later, he had just finished saying Mass when the Mission was attacked by the Iroquois.
Fr. Daniel encouraged the converts to meet death as Christians should; he hastily baptized all he could and went out to face the enemy. His body was pierced with arrows and bullets.
The Iroquois set fire to the Chapel and threw his body into the flames. He was Martyred at Mount St. Louis, 12 miles from Ste. Marie at the age of 48, on July 4th, 1648.
Prayer to Saint Antoine Daniel
Saint Antoine Daniel, cold and slothful as I am in God’s service, I realize that I do little for my own soul and less for the soul of my neighbor. Strengthen me with your courage; Inspire in me a lively interest for all that makes for the glory of God and the welfare of His Church; impart to my soul some of your enthusiasm and zeal, so that I may also share in the happiness you are now enjoying in heaven. Amen.
Holy Martyrs and patrons, protect this land which you have blessed by the shedding of your blood. Renew in these days our Catholic faith which you helped to establish in this new land. Bring all our fellow citizens to a knowledge and love of the truth. Make us zealous in the profession of our faith so that we may continue and perfect the work which you have begun with so much labour and suffering. Pray for our homes, our schools, our missions, for vocations, for the conversion of sinners, the return of those who have wandered from the fold, and the perseverance of all the Faithful. And foster a deeper and increasing unity among all Christians. Amen.
O God, who in your special Providence deigned to choose blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your holy Mother, grant, we beseech you, that we may deserve to have him as our intercessor in heaven whom we venerate on earth as our protector; You who live and reign world without end. Amen.
Glorious Queen of Martyrs, to whom the early missionaries of this country were so devoted and from whom they received so many favours, graciously listen to my petition. Ask your Divine Son to remember all they did for his glory. Remind him that they preached the Gospel and made his holy name known to thousands who had never heard of him, and for him had their aposolic labours crowned by shedding their blood. Exercise your motherly influence as you did at Cana, and implore him to grant me what I ask in this novena, if it be according to his holy will. Amen.
O God, who by the preaching and the blood of your blessed Martyrs, John and Isaac and their companions, consecrated the first fruits of the faith in the vast regions of North America, graciously grant that by their intercession the flourishing harvest of Christians may be everywhere and always increased. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, who inflamed the hearts of your blessed Martyrs with an admirable zeal for the salvation of souls, grant me, I beseech you, my petitions and all the requests recommended here today, (here name your request) so that the favours obtained through their intercession may make manifest before all the power and the glory of your name. Amen.
St. Jean de Brébeuf, pray for us.
St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us.
St. Antoine Daniel, pray for us.
St. Charles Garnier, pray for us.
St. Noël Chabanel, pray for us.
St. René Goupil, pray for us.
St. Jean de Lalande, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.