9th / Ninth Day / dedicated to The Queen of the Martyrs
Mary lovingly watched over our early Martyrs during the years of their labours and sufferings, and those heroic men endeavored to repay her for her motherly love and tenderness. “the general and special obligations that we are under to this great Princess of heaven and earth,” wrote a Huron missionary in 1638, “makes it one of our keenest disappointments that we are not able to show her sufficient gratitude.
At least we can claim the consolation that henceforth as often as people shall speak of the chief residence of the mission of the Hurons, calling it by the name of Ste. Marie, it will be so much homage rendered to her, and a pledge of what we wish to be to her forever.”
Ste. Marie will remain forever an historic monument to the devotion of Saint Jean de Brébeuf and his companions to their incomparable Queen. It was built in her honour and given her name.
Thither they went after their wanderings and fatigues to rest and recuperate their strength for other labours. Under Mary’s roof, hidden away in a forest near Georgian Bay, they gathered together at stated times to confer on the interests of their missions. In that home of peace, and under her protecting mantle, they withdrew to commune with God in their annual retreats.
At Ste. Marie they assembled their Huron neophytes for instruction and baptism. There thousands of Indian pilgrims gathered yearly to renew their pledges of perseverance in the practices of the Christian faith. And when the moment of disaster came in 1649, it was there that the venerable victims of the Iroquois, Saint Jean de Brébeuf and Saint Gabriel Lalemant, were laid in their graves.
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.