5th / Fifth Day / dedicated to Saint Charles Garnier, S.J.

Martyred December 7th, 1649.

Charles Garnier, a Parisian, a Jesuit, and a priest, was attracted to the arduous Missions of Canada. He came to Huronia at the age of thirty-one and for thirteen years, laboured among the Hurons and Petuns.

Once driven from the Petun nation as a sorcerer, he later returned to find a rewarding outlet for his zeal. On December 7th, 1649 he was a victim of the Iroquois massacre of the village of Etharita, thirty miles from Ste. Marie.

He refused to escape but exercised his charity to the end. Even when mortally wounded, he tried to assist a Huron who had also received his death wound. A blow of an Iroquois tomahawk sent his pure soul on its flight to God.

Saint Charles Garnier was always a person of innocence and purity with a strong devotion to Our Lady whom he acknowledged looked after him as a youth and to whom he owed his vocation to the Society of Jesus.

Gentle, innocent, fearless, he succeeded in winning many souls to God both at St. Joseph’s Mission and among the Petuns. Replete with every gift of nature and grace, converts were won to the faith and moved to devotion at the mere sight of his angelic face and all who came in contact with him took away a deep impression of his virtue.

This interior perfection of soul was, as in the case of all holy men, sustained by a life of rigid penance – a foretaste of the Martyrdom which was soon to be his reward.

Prayer to Saint Charles Garnier

Saint Charles Garnier, help me to be generous in the service of God. I fear pain, I shun mortification, I lack generosity. Your example is before me; your spotless purity, your rigorous penances, your devotion to Our Lady, all impress me. I now ask your intercession whereby my resolutions may be strengthened. Inspire in me a love of purity and zeal. Give me courage to do something for my soul, so that in the end I may share your bliss in Paradise. Amen.

Closing Prayers

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.