[box type=”default” size=”large”] Feast day celebration set in Canton church on Sept. 30 [/box]
The feast day of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila will be celebrated in the evening of Sept. 30 at the St. Thomas a’Becket church on Lilley Road, Canton, Michigan.
The San Lorenzo Ruiz Group-Canton headed by Ms. Liwayway Vargas will be hosting the annual celebration. This will be the second consecutive year that the group is organizing the event.
A mass, which will start at 6:30 p.m., will precede the celebration program. Fr. Chris Maus will be the mass celebrant. He is expected to recall the martyrdom of San Lorenzo Ruiz in his homily.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ministry choir headed by Gina Solon will sing the psalms and hymns in Tagalog during the mass.
Who is San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila?
San Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino saint. He is also the first Filipino martyred for the Christian faith. He was a layman, married, and had two sons and a daughter. Born in Binondo, Manila in early 1600s, he was educated in the school of the Dominicans. He served as an altar boy and later a helper and clerk-sacristan in the church of Binondo.
An adverse event made him leave the Philippines in 1636. When he was in his late twenties or early thirties, he was accused of a criminal offense, the circumstances of which were not clear.
To avoid prosecution, he went to Japan, but upon landing there, he was arrested and imprisoned together with his companions. He was tortured as he valiantly confessed his Christian faith. Refusing to renounce his faith, he told his executioner that he was ready to die for God.
On Sept. 27, 1637, he was hung from a gallows by his feet, his body falling into a pit. After two days of agony, he died of bleeding and suffocation. He and his 15 companions, who were martyred in the same persecution, were beatified by Pope John Paul II in Manila on Feb. 18, 1981 and elevated to full honors of the altar by canonization on Oct. 18, 1987 in Rome.