2018 Novena Prayers to the Canadian Martyrs

DAY 1 – Friday, September 21, 2018

St. Jean de Lalande- Saint for the Youth, ora pro nobis.

St. Jean de Lalande was what was called a donné, a layman who pledged to serve the Jesuit community, similar to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps of today. He was a young man of 19, when he asked to join the Jesuit Fathers in New France. His desire, to work at the Huron Mission.

In August of 1646, Jean was assigned to travel with St. Isaac Jogues into hostile Iroquois country. He confided in Jogues, saying that it was His love and desire to serve God that inspired him to accept this mission, which would almost certainly result in his death. In fact, he watched as Jogues was martyred, being martyred himself some time afterwards.

St. Jean de Lalande is a good example for young people today. What could possibly inspire this young man to undertake such a perilous journey from France to a country hostile to his culture and faith? Because, when Jesus gets a hold of someone’s heart, everything changes. St. Ignatius of Loyola ended many of his letters with the command to “Go, set the world on fire!” You cannot set the world on fire, if there is no faith already burning in your heart! Jesus wondered if, when He returns, He will find any faith in men’s hearts. (Luke 18:8)

If you are a young person, or if you have children who are teens, even young adults, please pray the following prayer. It is the greatest decision you will ever make, to invite Jesus into your heart. If you do so, “you and your entire household will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)

Lord Jesus,

Come into my heart. I desire that You be the Lord of my life, so that I may be a Child of the Light; to know You as my personal Saviour. For, I know and believe that You died on the Cross for my sins. You rose again on the third day, and You are coming again in glory. I believe in Your forgiveness, and I desire that You would help me to refrain from any temptations that would keep me separated from Your everlasting love.

Amen.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam.

Please join us in praying the Novena to the Canadian Martyrs, adding your intentions, especially praying today for the youth of the world.

 

NOVENA PRAYERS

 

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

(Patron of the Martyrs and of Canada)

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.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY

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 then for him had their apostolic 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. NOVENA PRAYER

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.

 

PRAYER OF PETITION

 

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 men the power and the glory of your name. Amen.

 

St. John de Brebeuf, pray for us.

St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.

St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us.

St. Anthony Daniel, pray for us.

St. Charles Gamier, pray for us.

St. Noel Chabanel, pray for us.

St. Rene Goupil, pray for us.

St. John de la Lande, pray for us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

 

DAY 2 – Saturday, September 22, 2018

St. René Goupil, Saint for the Spiritually Deaf, ora pro nobis.

St. René Goupil began, like St. Jean de Lalande, as a Jesuit donné (much like a lay-volunteer today). It was his heart’s desire to join the Society of Jesus (the “Jesuits”), but because he was hearing-impaired, he was not able to join in France. He felt the call of the Lord to serve the Jesuits as a lay donné instead. He was humble, and so God exalted him, (Matthew 23:12) both with religious vows and the crown of martyrdom. He was the first of the 8 Canadian Martyrs to die for their love of Jesus.

We pray today for all those who are deaf, hearing-impaired, etc., especially those who cannot hear the voice of God. How does one hear the voice of God? How did René Goupil, a physician who was well-respected in his own native France, hear the calling (vocation) from God to leave his comfortable station to put his life on the line in a hostile land?

The Church teaches us that there are two specifications of God’s will for us- not two wills, but one singular will, in two kinds or modes. They are, His general will and specific will. God’s general will is that we be holy. (Leviticus 11:44) Because “only God is holy,” (1 Samuel 2:2) humans can only be holy if God’s Holy Spirit is living in them, sanctifying them. His Spirit inspires us to always do the right thing.

Yet, there is a more specific will that God has for us, for each of us. We know, for example, that we are all called to love one another- but how? in what profession? Which person am I supposed to marry? How do I deal with this co-worker? God’s specific will is what helps us make the right, specific decisions in our lives and is very important.

Father God, we know that it is nearly impossible to hear Your voice if we are not reading Your Word, living the Gospel by keeping ourselves pure and forgiving each other, etc. Help us, by invading our hearts with the power of the Holy Spirit, to change forever and never be the same, never live the status quo. Help us to lay down our lives like St. René Goupil, whose love for Jesus won him the crown of Heaven forever. Amen.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam.

Pray with us the novena prayers, that follow:

 

NOVENA PRAYERS

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

(Patron of the Martyrs and of Canada)

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.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY

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 then for him had their apostolic 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. NOVENA PRAYER

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.

 

PRAYER OF PETITION

 

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 men the power and the glory of your name. Amen.

 

St. John de Brebeuf, pray for us.

St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.

St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us.

St. Anthony Daniel, pray for us.

St. Charles Gamier, pray for us.

St. Noel Chabanel, pray for us.

St. Rene Goupil, pray for us.

St. John de la Lande, pray for us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

 

DAY 3 – Sunday, September 23, 2018

Isaac Jogues, ora pro nobis.

John Zurakowski, Manager of Programmes at Martyrs’ Shrine, once said that St. Isaac Jogues was like a modern rock star in his own time, especially when he returned from New France home to Europe as a “living martyr.”

Isaac Jogues, called “Ambassador of Peace,” was originally from Orléans, France. He was the second of the 8 men to be martyred, and the first priest. Firstly, he was captured and tortured by Iroquois, enduring the most grueling sufferings for Jesus. He often said that he was a “citizen of the Cross.”

When he returned to France, he was very well-received, almost as a hero and pioneer of the New World. Yet, his humility and love for God’s people was revealed when he vehemently requested to return, knowing full well that he would not survive a second round of trials. His hands having been disfigured in torture, he obtained special permission to say Holy Mass. He was granted this by Pope Urban VIII. The Holy Father said, “a ‘martyr’ of Christ should be allowed to drink the blood of Christ.” He was subsequently martyred in 1646, in now Auriesville, NY.

  What can we learn today from St. Isaac Jogues? Many people would call him crazy- to go into a place that he had already been tortured and nearly killed. Yet, he knew the famous phrase, attributed to Tertullian, one of the Fathers of the Church, namely “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” Jesus Himself, dying over 2,000 years ago, raised up through His resurrection the Church, which is still alive and growing today, even through countless difficulties. In fact, where the Church is persecuted the most, she is flourishing, according to statistics.

St. Isaac Jogues is quoted as saying, “Well must we use the time that is accorded us, that we must do that in our life, which we would have wished that we did at the moment of our death.” Let us not wait a single moment more, but give our lives to Jesus as the Martyrs did! Let us forgive the person that hates us and hurt us, let go of anger and learn to love God and others. Let us develop our prayer life, and read the Bible! St. Isaac Jogues, help us to find Jesus and know Him.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, You made St. Isaac Jogues an “Ambassador of Peace.” Jesus, You said that “blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Lord, we can’t be instruments of Your peace until Your peace flows firstly into our hearts. Saturate our minds in Your peace, shalom, so that nothing is missing or broken in us. Fill us with the peace only You can give, and grant this wholeness and healing touch to all those we are praying for in this Novena, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam.

Pray with us the novena prayers, that follow:

 


NOVENA PRAYERS

 PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

(Patron of the Martyrs and of Canada)

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.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY

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 then for him had their apostolic 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. NOVENA PRAYER

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.

 

PRAYER OF PETITION

 

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 men the power and the glory of your name. Amen.

 

St. John de Brebeuf, pray for us.

St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.

St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us.

St. Anthony Daniel, pray for us.

St. Charles Gamier, pray for us.

St. Noel Chabanel, pray for us.

St. Rene Goupil, pray for us.

St. John de la Lande, pray for us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

 

 

DAY 4 – Monday, September 24, 2018

St. Noël Chabanel, ora pro nobis.

St. Noël Chabanel was another very young saint, who joined the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) at age 17. He was ordained a priest at 28, and became a shining star in France, where the Jesuits were highly respected. He became a successful professor.

  However, God was moving on his heart, with a desire to lay down his life completely. He wanted to go to New France, to the missions, to preach the Gospel and serve the native peoples there.

  This call of God was tested through many trials and discouragements, as he struggled to learn the native language, acclimate to the customary foods, etc. Some of the people reading this article, and praying this Novena to the Canadian Martyrs, have been experiencing horrible disappointments this year. Maybe it seems like one after another just seem to hit you, out of nowhere. St. Noël Chabanel described it as a “bloodless Martyrdom.”

  Unlike the other Martyrs, he did not undergo gory torture, but was rather captured and left to die, alone on an island. They say, however, that solitary confinement is one of the worst forms of torture.

  This saint, whose life could seem so insignificant (perhaps even to himself!) now intercedes from the glory of Heaven. Many people’s prayers are answered, hearts and bodies are healed through the intercession of a man whose life at times felt so hidden, so worthless.

  If you, or someone you know, is undergoing a terrible struggle at this time, perhaps this prayer from the Psalms will strengthen you:

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion; May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice.May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose.” (Psalms 20:1-4)

PRAYER

Father God, send the power of Your Holy Spirit to eliminate our distress, troubles, anxiety and disappointments today. As You promise in Your Word, turn all our disappointments to good, (Romans 8:28) even as You did so in glory for St. Noël Chabanel. Release the wind of Pentecost, the Wind of Change for all our circumstances. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam.

Pray with us the novena prayers, that follow:

 

 

 

NOVENA PRAYERS

 PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

(Patron of the Martyrs and of Canada)

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.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY

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 then for him had their apostolic 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. NOVENA PRAYER

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.

 

PRAYER OF PETITION

 

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 men the power and the glory of your name. Amen.

 

St. John de Brebeuf, pray for us.

St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.

St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us.

St. Anthony Daniel, pray for us.

St. Charles Gamier, pray for us.

St. Noel Chabanel, pray for us.

St. Rene Goupil, pray for us.

St. John de la Lande, pray for us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

 

 

DAY 5 – Tuesday, September 25, 2018

St. Anthony Daniel, ora pro nobis.

  In an interview with The Catholic Register in April 2017, Fr. Michael Knox, SJ, Director of Martyrs’ Shrine, explained that pilgrims to the Shrine have an experience that is “so real.” He said, “you get real people coming with their suffering, coming for an experience of God.”  

How, and why, would one do this?  

  —ENTER THE FIRE.  

“The bush was on fire and was not burnt.” (Ex. 3:2) 

  In the famous story of Moses and the Exodus, played powerfully by Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments, God Himself appears to Moses “in a flame of fire.” Although antiquated by modern movie standards, this scene is still moving. I have even found success showing it to high school students. In it, the towering Heston shows clear reverence in the presence of a God that has been speaking to his heart about the suffering people of Israel. Now he sees and audibly hears Him, in fire and glory, and can barely speak himself. 

  The Canadian Martyrs would have known intimately the writings of St. Ignatius Loyola their founder, who founded the Jesuits only 100 years before their deaths. He used to end many of his letters to his missionary brothers out in the field with the Latin phrase, Iteinflammate omnia. It was a command of holy obedience to “go, set the world on fire.” This was what St. Antoine Daniel did by word and example. Not only did he preach the fire of God’s love, in the end, his murderers threw his mutilated body into the fire they had set to his mission church of St. Joseph. 

  Jesus said He came to cast fire on the earth. (Lk. 14:29) This fire of God’s love, which is the Holy Spirit, is the only way that signs, wonders, and miracles could flow at Martyrs’ Shrine, the reason for all the crutches on the wall! It was the Holy Spirit, who flowed through Moses, St. Ignatius, and the Canadian Martyrs, Who is still flowing here at the Shrine today.

  The Holy Spirit gave St. Anthony Daniel the grace that empowered him to sacrifice himself. The fire of love is the reason he could do so. “We’re not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road…?” (Lk. 24:32) 

  We have to spend time reading His Word, to get the kindling, worshipping Him to get the gasoline, and WHOOSH! He brings the fire to ignite us. It is the fire of the Holy Spirit that alone can transform us. If we ask the Father for this greatest gift, He WILL give Him to us. (Lk. 11:15) We encourage you to pray from your heart today, asking God to send His transforming wind and fire into your life.  

 

PRAYER

 

  We pray, Heavenly Father, in this Novena to the Canadian Martyrs, that all those praying, and those we are praying for, would receive the Fire of the Holy Spirit, a new wave of God’s love to transform the world, even as St. Anthony Daniel did by his life. Let us have open hearts even in this moment now, to be forever changed and baptized in the Fire of Your love. Amen.

 

Ad majorem Dei gloriam.

 

Pray with us the novena prayers, that follow:

 

NOVENA PRAYERS

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

(Patron of the Martyrs and of Canada)

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.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY

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 then for him had their apostolic 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. NOVENA PRAYER

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.

 

PRAYER OF PETITION

 

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 men the power and the glory of your name. Amen.

 

St. John de Brebeuf, pray for us.

St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.

St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us.

St. Anthony Daniel, pray for us.

St. Charles Gamier, pray for us.

St. Noel Chabanel, pray for us.

St. Rene Goupil, pray for us.

St. John de la Lande, pray for us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

 

DAY 6 – Wednesday, September 26, 2018

St. Gabriel Lalemant, ora pro nobis.

St. Gabriel Lalemant joined the Society of Jesus when he was 19 years old. O Lord! Set the youth of today on fire with Your love! I do not think we understand the deep love these Martyrs had for Jesus, to lay down their lives so young for the Gospel. Another saint, whose statue is venerated on the grounds of Martyrs’ Shrine, is St. Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino martyrs, who died in his thirties.

St. Gabriel Lalamant died at the site now venerated as “St. Ignace II,” just a few kilometres away from Martyrs’ Shrine itself. Like many of the Martyrs, he was already esteemed, living a comfortable life as a French Jesuit scholar, doing important work as a teacher. However, the missionary calling grabbed a hold of his heart and he went to New France, to die with St. Jean de Brébeuf, his companion.

He was endured excruciating tortures for 17 hours, tied to a post. Yet, it was his missionary calling, the gift of God’s anointing on his life, that gave him strength. He quoted the Scriptures, in saying, “my strength is the strength of God. In Him, I can do all things!”

Perhaps there are some people reading this article today, who feel a call on their lives to serve God as a priest, religious sister, or perhaps a missionary. Perhaps, to become a Jesuit. Lord, give us all the grace to follow Your call because Your love is enough to carry us through the most devastating challenges.

PRAYER

Father God, help us. Let us see what St. Gabriel Lalemant saw; the glory of God, which enabled him to see beyond the flames and tortures at his death, to see the power and might of Heaven. For those reading this, and praying the Novena to the Canadian Martyrs, Lord answer all their prayers and desires. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam.

Pray with us the novena prayers, that follow:

 

NOVENA PRAYERS

 PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

(Patron of the Martyrs and of Canada)

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.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY

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 then for him had their apostolic 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. NOVENA PRAYER

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.

 

PRAYER OF PETITION

 

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 men the power and the glory of your name. Amen.

 

St. John de Brebeuf, pray for us.

St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.

St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us.

St. Anthony Daniel, pray for us.

St. Charles Gamier, pray for us.

St. Noel Chabanel, pray for us.

St. Rene Goupil, pray for us.

St. John de la Lande, pray for us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

 

DAY 7 – Thursday, September 27, 2018

St. Charles Garnier, saint of purity, ora pro nobis.

St. Charles Garnier is a saint for the men and women of our time. This age in which we live seems to struggle most with purity. Our Lady of Fatima urged us to “forsake sins of the flesh,” warning the children of their dangers. Pornography use is rampant, although studies continue to reveal how addictive and destructive it is. Sex is viewed as simply recreational by today’s society, not held to be sacred, between a married man and woman.

Enter Charles Garnier, who at the age of what many today would consider “the prime” of his life, age 31, came to Huronia. He worked in this area for 13 years among the Huron and Petun peoples.

Charles Garnier was a man who did not need to turn to sex or promiscuity for happiness. He knew these things give a person pleasure that quickly dies away. Yet, “the peace of Christ surpasses all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7) That is to say, he knew a peace the world can’t give because it’s literally out of this world. “There’s no high like the Most High.”

It is said that many of the native people converted to Christianity simply because they looked upon the face of Fr. Charles Garnier. Like Moses, his face shone with the purity and glory of God. (Exodus 34) He was not special; any Christian can shine with God’s glory if they allow Christ to shine through them. (Colossians 1:27) Let us ask the Virgin Mary, whom St. Charles Garnier loved, to wrap us in her mantle of purity.

If we have unforgiveness, watch pornography, fight with our spouses, get angry, complain or gossip about others…whatever our sins are- these things block the light that God places in the heart of those who believe. If we stay close to Jesus, His light will outshine and eliminate the darkness.

Let us enter into the presence of God through prayer today, prayer of the heart. St. Charles Garnier could not have shone with God’s glory, have endured such trouble without forsaking Him, had he not experienced a daily saturation with God’s Holy Spirit.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, come and shine. Shine away the darkness in our lives. Fill us with gladness- true joy that the world cannot give. Lord, we have done the wrong thing, thinking it would make us feel right, but it never really does. We always feel so empty inside! Save us, O Lord, bring us back to You and teach us how amazing and loving of a Father You are. You love us more than any earthly parent ever could. We forgive our parents, teachers, coworkers, friends and family. We ask for grace to walk like Jesus and encounter Him as He is, the power of love itself. Amen.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam.

Pray with us the novena prayers, that follow:

 

NOVENA PRAYERS

 

 PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

(Patron of the Martyrs and of Canada)

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.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY

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 then for him had their apostolic 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. NOVENA PRAYER

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.

 

PRAYER OF PETITION

 

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 men the power and the glory of your name. Amen.

 

St. John de Brebeuf, pray for us.

St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.

St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us.

St. Anthony Daniel, pray for us.

St. Charles Gamier, pray for us.

St. Noel Chabanel, pray for us.

St. Rene Goupil, pray for us.

St. John de la Lande, pray for us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

 

DAY 8 – Friday, September 28, 2018

St. Jean de Brébeuf, pioneer and saint of strength, ora pro nobis.

The Wendat peoples called him, echon, meaning “big ox.” Yet, Jean de Brébeuf was a towering giant in God’s kingdom, in both body and soul.

He was the first of the 8 Jesuit Martyrs we honour at Martyrs’ Shrine to come to Huronia on mission. He became a master of the Huron language, working in the region for 13 years. He was a true “circuit rider,” who rode the wind of the Spirit place after place, establishing mission outposts in villages across the area. Thousands of men and women gave their lives to Jesus and were baptized through his ministry.

How could this be? Why do we honour St. Jean de Brébeuf as the leader of the 8 Jesuit Martyrs in New France? It is, as Fr. Michael Knox, Director of Martyrs’ Shrine and scholar of the Jesuit Martyrs, said, because of his deep prayer life.

As you undoubtedly know, the Society of Jesus has arguably the most rigorous formation process of all the religious Orders in the Catholic Church. Perhaps it is analogous to the Marine Corps or Navy Seals, differentiated from the already rigorous and respectable Army and Navy.

St. Ignatius believed that if he and the Order he founded invested 100% in its “new recruits,” ensuring their depth of prayer and identity in Christ, they would never fail. 500 years later, they are still around, serving God’s people. They are serving God here at the Shrine.

Amidst his busy missionary life, filled with travel, sufferings, and peril, St. Jean de Brébeuf was able to maintain his prayer. Like Jesus, he spent many nights alone with God, since he was unable to do so during the day. He kept up his discipline of prayers, the Divine Office, the holy Mass, the prayer of examen.

Many people who love Jesus and pray are still lacking in discipline. Many use the busyness of the day as an excuse not to pray- Jean de Brébeuf believed he could not be busy doing God’s work without his prayer times. It’s like the air he breathed.

Jesus said that it is easy to allow the cares of this world to choke out the seed of faith. (Mark 4:19) Let us use the example of St. Jean de Brébeuf to deepen our prayer life. For those who have fallen away from the daily practice of prayer, let us return to our “first love.” (Revelations 2:4) For those just starting out a relationship with God, or want to start getting to know Him, begin with the example of St. Jean de Brébeuf: simply, begin praying every day. Talk to God from your heart (St. Ignatius called this a “colloquy”). Share with Him your deepest thoughts and fears. Begin reading the Bible- as my wife says, the Gospels are all ‘healing Gospels.’ Talk to God, and listen to Him in silence after reading His Word.

St. Ignatius and the Jesuits promoted reading the Gospels every day, taking time to allow them to soak into one’s imagination, thoughts, heart, feelings- both body and soul. If we do this, we will become like St. Jean de Brébeuf, who God sanctified physically and supernaturally. People are still healed today through the anointed relics of his skull!

PRAYER

God, Your love is amazing. You are truly an AWESOME God. Show us Your glory. Show us Your truth and righteousness, right-living. Give us a thirst for Your Word and Your presence. Give us a love for the Church, the Pope, the sacraments. Teach us to pray for and love our priests. Teach us to forgive and have mercy and not get angry at others.

God, it is in Your presence through worship that we encounter Jesus Your Son. Send the power of Your Spirit of worship into our hearts. Let us encounter you in dreams and mystical experiences, as when Jean de Brébeuf saw the tremendous cross in the skies. Let us come to know you, and Your grace in a mighty, experiential way. Dip us into the oil of Your gladness and joy, Lord. Come, Holy Spirit and ignite our faith! Amen.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam.

Pray with us the novena prayers, that follow:

 

NOVENA PRAYERS 

 

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

(Patron of the Martyrs and of Canada)

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.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY

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 then for him had their apostolic 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. NOVENA PRAYER

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.

 

PRAYER OF PETITION

 

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 men the power and the glory of your name. Amen.

 

St. John de Brebeuf, pray for us.

St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.

St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us.

St. Anthony Daniel, pray for us.

St. Charles Gamier, pray for us.

St. Noel Chabanel, pray for us.

St. Rene Goupil, pray for us.

St. John de la Lande, pray for us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

 

 

DAY 9 – Saturday, September 29, 2018

Please Join us for our annual Feast Day Mass at 12:00 noon.

Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, and St. Joseph, Patron of Canada, ora pro nobis.

 

Why do we venerate Mother Mary as, in one of her titles, the “Queen of Martyrs,” when she herself was not martyred? If you have ever had the chance to see the film directed by Mel Gibson, The Passion of the Christ, you will remember the powerful scenes, in which the Virgin Mary so obviously and deeply identifies with Jesus, her son. It is as if she carried the Cross with Him; in one scene, she cries out that she wishes to die in His place!

Is this not what any mother would do, prefer to suffer than see her children suffer and die? It was a suffering beyond this world that God the Father Himself endured, seeing His Son disbelieved, rejected and persecuted, beaten, tortured, and finally crucified.

Mother Mary is the Queen of Martyrs because she died on the cross emotionally, spiritually, when Jesus did. She knows what it is to suffer for believing in Jesus- she herself was despised and thought to be a loose woman, when she conceived before marriage to Joseph by the Holy Spirit.

St. Joseph is called the Patron of Canada, Terror of Demons, Foster Father of Jesus, and other titles. The Jesuit Martyrs we are venerating at the conclusion of this Novena honoured St. Joseph much, naming missions and churches after him. The Shrine Church, when it was first built in the 1920’s, was named “the Church of St. Joseph,” hence the large statue of St. Joseph just above the main altar.

St. Joseph is one of our powerful intercessors, as well as an example of “martyrdom.” All of us will have to die one day- on a day we know not. St. Joseph is also the patron of a happy death, since he himself died in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

In the coming years, some of us may have to lay down our lives in red martyrdom, as more and more Christians are persecuted for their faith in increasingly violent ways. Yet, some are called to live and die as St. Joseph did. He lived a simple life with God in his heart, doing his job as a carpenter well to provide for his family. He is one of a chosen few, whom the Bible calls a “just man,” along with Noah, Abraham, Daniel, and St. Joseph of Arimathea.

PRAYER

O Lord! Let us be like Mary and Joseph- Joseph who was just, Mary who was totally pure and immaculately conceived! Let us be full of the Holy Spirit, so that when we endure trials and tribulations we can always fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. He is our Lord, and we receive Him into our hearts anew as we complete this Novena in His Name. Lord Jesus, come and take over- invade our lives by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for all the miracles, signs and wonders You have done for us during these days, and in the octave and days to come in the future. Praise You Jesus, and to You, be all the glory. Amen.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam.

Pray with us the novena prayers, that follow:

NOVENA PRAYERS

 PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

(Patron of the Martyrs and of Canada)

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.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY

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 then for him had their apostolic 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. NOVENA PRAYER

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.

 

PRAYER OF PETITION

 

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 men the power and the glory of your name. Amen.

 

St. John de Brebeuf, pray for us.

St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.

St. Gabriel Lalemant, pray for us.

St. Anthony Daniel, pray for us.

St. Charles Gamier, pray for us.

St. Noel Chabanel, pray for us.

St. Rene Goupil, pray for us.

St. John de la Lande, pray for us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

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