"If I had a thousand lives, I would give it all to Christ"
“Filipino layman Lorenzo Ruiz and his fifteen companion martyrs, all members and associates of the Dominican Order, were slain in Japan between 1633 and 1637. Persecutions stemmed from a 1603 edict by the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu banning Christianity. From 1623, suspected Christians were forced to tread on images of Mary and Jesus. Those who refused were executed. The tortures from this period were designed to force the victims to renounce their Faith.” Some Christians did apostasize, but Lorenzo Ruiz and his fifteen companions refused to renounce their faith, ready to die for God.
The first Filipino to be canonized as a saint, Lorenzo Ruiz was born in Manila ca. 1600. His father was Chinese, his mother was Filipina. He first served as an altar boy, then as a clerk at the Binondo Church. In 1636, he went to Japan together with other Dominican priests where he would die a martyr’s death. Pope John Paul II canonized San Lorenzo Ruiz, together with 15 other Martyrs on Oct. 18, 1987.
Every year parishioners at Star of the Sea Parish hold a San Lorenzo Ruiz Celebration close to the martyr’s Feast Day (September 28).
All are invited to attend this year’s celebration, on Saturday, September 24, 2016: 6:45pm in Camerman Hall (church basement).
San Lorenzo Ruiz, Pray for Us!