Readings:

Psalm 9:9-14
Sirach 7:32-36
James 2:1-8, 14-17
Mark 10:23-30

Preface of Baptism

[Common of a Monastic or Professed Religious]
[Common of a Prophetic Witness]
[For Social Service]
[For Prophetic Witness in the Church]

 


PRAYER (traditional language)

Merciful God, who didst send thy Gospel to the people of Peru through Martin de Porres, who brought its comfort even to slaves; and through Rosa de Lima, who worked among the poorest of the poor; Help us to follow their example in bringing fearlessly the comfort of thy grace to all downtrodden and outcast people, that thy Church may be renewed with songs of salvation and praise; through Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

PRAYER (contemporary language)

Merciful God, you sent your Gospel to the people of Peru through Martin de Porres, who brought its comfort even to slaves; and through Rosa de Lima, who worked among the poorest of the poor; Help us to follow their example in bringing fearlessly the comfort of your grace to all downtrodden and outcast people, that your Church may be renewed with songs of salvation and praise; through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This commemoration was approved provisionally at General Convention, 2009.

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MARTIN DE PORRES
ROSA DE LIMA

23 August 16 1639, 1617
 

Martin de PorresMartín de Porres (December 9, 1579 – November 3, 1639) was a Dominican brother who was noted for tireless work on behalf of the poor, establishing an orphanage and a children's hospital. He maintained an austere lifestyle, which included fasting and abstaining from meat. His devotion to prayer was notable even by the pious standards of the age. He was born in Lima, Peru, and lived his entire life in that country.   

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Rose of Lima, by Claudio CoelloRose of Lima
, (April 20, 1586August 24, 1617), the first Roman Catholic saint of the Americas, was also born in Lima, Peru. Prior to entering a Dominican convent, Rose helped the sick and hungry around her community. She would bring them to her home and take care of them. Rose sold her fine needlework, grew beautiful flowers, and would take them to market to help her family. 

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