3 November, Mass of Saint Martin de Porres, Religious

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The medallion of Saint Martin de Porres is the work of the Dominican priest and sculptor, Father Thomas McGlynn (1906–1977). Father McGlynn's strong images of Saint Martin contributed in no small measure to the rise of devotion to him which led to his canonization in 1962.


Lavishly he gives to the poor,
his justice stands firm forever.
His head will be raised in glory (Ps 111:9).


O God who, by the path of humility,
led Saint Martin de Porres
to the glory of heaven,
grant that we may so follow his splendid example now
as to be found worthy of a place with him on high in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.


That the Church may be blessed in our own day
with gracious and humble servants of the poor,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That civil authorities may safeguard the dignity and rights
of people of every race, nation, and language,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the sick poor may find in Saint Martin de Porres
an advocate, a friend, and a healer,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That Saint Martin de Porres Parish in New Haven
may continue to be an oasis of prayer and of service
in the midst of the African–American community,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That we may learn from Saint Martin de Porres
how to climb the steps of humility
so as to reach the charity of God
which, being perfect, drives out all fear,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.


Almighty and merciful God
draw our hearts, we beseech you,
to the love of your only–begotten Son,
crucified, poor, and despised,
so that, like Saint Martin de Porres
we may cherish what is lowly and hidden
and never shrink from the service
of those who ask for our help.
Through Christ our Lord.


In thy strength, O Lord, the just man shall joy,
and in thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly:
Thou hast given him his heart’s desire (Ps 20:2–3).


Most clement God,
who in Saint Martin de Porres
deigned to do away with the old man
and to create the new one according to your own desire,
mercifully grant that we too, renewed in like manner,
may offer a sacrifice of atonement pleasing to you.
Through Christ our Lord.


It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

In the life and witness of your saints
you make your Church ever fruitful
with the creative strength of your Spirit
and give us an admirable sign of your love.

To fulfil the mystery of our salvation
you give us their example to inspire us
and commend us to their loving intercession.

With gratitude and wonder
we honour the memory of Saint Martin de Porres,
who served you with wholehearted loyalty
and now rejoices in the contemplation of your glory.

And so, with him and all the choirs of angels
we join our voices to raise the ceaseless hymn of praise:


Blessed the man who considers the poor and the weak;
the Lord will save him on the day of evil (Ps 40:2).


By the might of this sacrament,
we beseech you, O Lord,
through the example of Saint Martin,
to lead us ceaselessly in the way of your love,
and to complete in us the good work you have begun
for the day of Christ Jesus.
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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