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St. Lorenzo Ruiz - First Filipino Saint and Martyr


Prayers to St. Lorenzo Ruiz

O MOST MERCIFUL and almighty God, You bestowed as gift to Lorenzo Ruiz The strength to withstand The overpowering forces of death For the sake of his faith in You. Through his prayers, Help us to follow his example By overcoming all life's trials And eventually, increase Our hope and love in You. O St. Lorenzo Ruiz, You brought honor to your country Having been a level-headed And prudent father of the family A witness of Christ in your life Until your death. We present all our petitions To God through your help So that by our actions, We may know more and love more Jesus our Lord and Savior. We humbly implore Your intercession O dear St. Lorenzo, For the infinite glory of God And in honor of your triumph As a martyr of Christ And defender of Christianity. Amen.

Lorenzo Ruiz was born in Binondo, Manila between 1600 and 1610. The exact date of his birth is unknown since the baptismal records of the church of Binondo were destroyed. Lorenzo had a Chinese father and a Filipino mother.

During his youth, he learned Spanish from the Dominicans, whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He was exceptionally gifted with beautiful penmanship and became a professional calligrapher, earned the title of "escribano" who transcribe baptismal, confirmation and marriage documents into the church's official books. Lorenzo was also a member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary which was organized by the Dominicans in the Philippines as soon as they arrived in 1587.

In 1636, a grave crime was committed in Manila, authorities conducted a manhunt for Lorenzo because they believed he knew something about it or was himself involved in it .

When Lorenzo learned of some missionary priests leaving Manila, thinking that they were going to Macao, he sought help from his Dominican superiors who believed in his innocence, he was allowed aboard the ship, along with three Dominican priests, only when they were on the ship did Lorenzo learn that the missionaries were headed for Japan, where Catholics were suffering terrible persecutions at that time. When the boat landed at Okinawa and the group was arrested and imprisoned on basis of their Christian religion.

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They were brought to Nagasaki on July 10, 1636 and subjected to torture by his Japanese captors for more than a year. They were tortured through hanging by their feet, by submerging in water until near death and by water torture. Needles were also pressed in between their finger nails and skin and they were beaten until unconscious. These methods brought some of Ruiz's companions to recant their faith.

Lorenzo went through this agonizing punishment when he refused to renounce his faith. He was told that he would be put to death if he did not renounce his faith, Lorenzo Ruiz told them, "I will never do it. I am a Catholic and happy to die for God. If I have a thousand lives to offer, I will offer them to God."

It was on September 23, 1637 that he began to undergo "hanging in the pit." After two days he died from bleeding and suffocation. His body was cremated and the ashes thrown into the sea.

According to the documents cited to proclaim him "Blessed," his parents were devout Catholics. He was christened "Lorenzo" after a martyr during the 3rd century persecution of Christians. His surname "Ruiz" was taken from the last name of his godfather.

Lorenzo Ruiz was beatified by Pope John Paul II during the Papal visit in Manila on February 18, 1981 at Luneta Park . He was canonized on October 18, 1987 in Rome. Lorenzo Ruiz's feast day falls on September 28.

San Lorenzo Ruiz -Binondo Church

San Lorenzo Ruiz -Binondo Church

San Lorenzo Ruiz- Prayer in Times of Adversity

San Lorenzo Ruiz- Prayer in Times of Adversity


Rodolfo T. Dampayla Jr. on May 20, 2018:

Some people judging us the way we are, and what & who we are but always remember put in our mind,God never do the same,,,he loves you of who you are and what you are.

Danilo Macabebe Jr on October 02, 2016:

''Sometimes you see failure but God see you victory in you!

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God sees you in you what you can't see in your self''.

Oh' Lord you my greatest creatures

zenafie on September 26, 2016:


sang real on August 12, 2015:

why is it that san lorenzos feast is on sep. 28 and not on sep 29????

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 13, 2015:

This was an interesting hub about this saint. I never heard of him. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

clarita on September 05, 2014:

I'm so proud of him..He makes me inspire to continue by beliefs in our church..

TedJason on November 07, 2013:

why does he sacrifice for god? because he love god

Ted on November 07, 2013:

Can I make this as a Project for C.L.

shie on September 28, 2013:

so amazing, Pray for us st lorenzo

ashly on November 12, 2012:

your so good lorenzo ruiz

dharrel on November 05, 2012:

proud to have one like u'''''

nelson jay . on October 19, 2012:

I love our very first Filipino Saint LORENZO RUIZ because iv know how is the hard he suffered just to serve honestly to GOD....

Christine Lee on September 19, 2012:

very well narrate .. thanks for the inspiring life you brought to the world.

ela on September 18, 2012:

i learn about SAN LORENZO RIUZ : )

camille.. on August 03, 2012:

thanks nakagawa na ko ng ass ko at ganda ng story ... love it tyanks

mark on February 26, 2012:

i love it.... i have also a strong faith in god... jejejeje.

melraps on October 22, 2011:

I am proud of u ST. LORENZO RUIZ your faith is only for God I hope all Filipino follow your feet....

Remedios on October 01, 2011:

Im so touched,..i faced and facing many trials in life,....i will trust all to God........saint Lorenzo Ruiz please pray for us.

ayesha on September 27, 2011:

nice story...

fairytale07 on September 26, 2011:

Saint Lorenzo Ruiz is a real saint because he knew he will die if he choose his faith in God.He is strong and he has a strong faith to God.:):):):)

Allyssa Nicole Deguzman on August 25, 2011:

... Ganda to the highest level ...:)

ria on August 22, 2011:

Very nice talaga story ni St.Lorenzo Ruiz

Fr.Richard on March 11, 2011:

His story is one of the story that Filipino people and the people who is living in abroad, should know him because of his bravery and faith in God.

Ren Joy on March 02, 2011:

B-day ko ang Feast Day niya!

Ganda ng Story at ang sinabi nya!

It really served as a lesson in life...

franchette john nikole ala on February 12, 2011:



Aliyah Reign P. Mata on February 01, 2011:

please be proud of him.he is our first saint .he wanted to gave his life for God only.he so love him to

god so

vilma b,villoso on December 11, 2010:

Thanks and Praise to God in the highest,i"m really bless reading the story life of the first fil.saint lorenzo ruiz.i wish to all the fil.cristian have to meditate the reading this story .

xCalvin04 on November 18, 2010:

awesome! proud to be filipino!!

Rodnick Asumbra on October 06, 2010:

ang ganda ng buhay ni st.lorenzo ruiz sana marami pa tayong malaman sa kanya at sa uba pang mga saint's.......

kerwin on September 30, 2010:

sana kilalanin at mahalin ka o St LOrenzo Ruiz ng lahat na mga filipino at chinoy dito sa Pinas... Pati na, ng lahat ng pinoy na nasa ibang bayan...

kimberly C. gonzales on September 13, 2010:

wow!!!!!!!!!!! It IS EnJoYABle 4 ME...........

reymar on August 05, 2010:

because of u we are proud to be pinoy

darryl on June 22, 2010:

thank you

darryl on June 22, 2010:


mary cris on April 15, 2010:

it's nice!!!

mrgil on October 27, 2009:

a nice story,we became more prouder as a filipino!!!!!

Darelle on September 15, 2009:

Thank you for sacrificing your life for God.You are a real saint

tin on September 15, 2009:

you are kind because you beleive in god and sacrifice your self just for him you were the first saint in the philippines ur the best god will guide u forever

god will be with you always and god bless you forever.

and me and mia are here in st.scholasticas collage westgrove

in Sta.rosa. ^_^

bea on August 17, 2009:

why does he sacrifice for god?

Hmmsaywha on June 16, 2009:

Why is he a saint?

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