The Feast of St. Martin de Porres
November 3, 2013
(Patronal feast day of the Southern Dominican Province)
Most humble Martin de Porres, whose burning charity embraced not only thy needy brethren, but also the very animals of the field, splendid example of charity, we hail and invoke thee! From that high throne which thou dost occupy, deign to listen to the supplications of thy needy brethren that, by imitating thy virtues, we may live contented in that state in which God has placed us, and, carrying our cross with strength and courage, we may follow in the footsteps of our Blessed Redeemer and His most blessed Mother, to reach at last the Kingdom of Heaven through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ.