Novena for your Vocation with the Blessed Martyrs of Barbastro

On August 13th we celebrate the feast day of the 51 Blessed Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro. Please join us from August 5th to 13th in praying for your vocation as well as those close to you.


Would you like to learn more about their story?

Check out www.claret.org/en/claretians/claretian-martyrs/

and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-2HXk1X5TY


Puedes ver este texto en español aquí




NOVENA FOR MY VOCATION

WITH THE BLESSED MARTYRS OF BARBASTRO

DAY 1: August 5th

Intention: For my vocation

PRAYER

God, our Father,

in the Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro you have given us a model of fidelity to the cause of Jesus,

of fidelity to missionary vocation,

of love for the Heart of Mary and for the Church,

of loyalty to our brothers and forgiveness of our enemies.

Grant that we may follow their example

in living faithfully and joyfully in our Congregation and in proclaiming the Gospel

for the glory of God and the salvation of all humankind through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

REFLECTION

One of the Martyrs writes: "We have not been found to be involved in any political cause. And although we have not been given any kind of trial, we are all content to die for Christ, for His Church and for the faith of Spain. For the Martyrs, Manuel Martinez CMF." And the militiamen themselves confess: "We do not hate you personally; we hate your profession, your black habit, the cassock, that filthy rag: take off that rag and you will be like us and we will set you free." "We are killing you because you're fanatics and hypocrites and don't want to take up arms to fight for the people."

LET US PRAY

Lord our God,

through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

you gave St. Anthony Mary Claret a great love for Jesus, your Son,

and inspired him to found this Congregation of Missionaries, in order to save all people.

Bless the Claretian Congregation with new vocations, and help us to persevere till the end

in proclaiming the Gospel,

just like the martyrs did. Amen.


NOVENA FOR MY VOCATION

WITH THE BLESSED MARTYRS OF BARBASTRO

DAY 2: August 6th

Intention: For my family and their vocation

PRAYER

God, our Father,

in the Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro you have given us

a model of fidelity to the cause of Jesus,

of fidelity to missionary vocation,

of love for the Heart of Mary and for the Church,

of loyalty to our brothers and forgiveness of our enemies.

Grant that we may follow their example

in living faithfully and joyfully in our Congregation and in proclaiming the Gospel

for the glory of God and the salvation of all humankind through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

REFLECTION


Ramon Illa writes: "We have been in this jail since July 20th. The whole community is here. Eight days ago, they shot our reverend Father Superior and some other Fathers. Happy they, and happy we who will follow them. I wouldn't exchange my jail for the gift of working miracles, nor my martyrdom for the apostolate, which has been my life's dream. Thanks be to the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.'

LET US PRAY

Lord our God,

through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

you gave St. Anthony Mary Claret a great love for Jesus, your Son,

and inspired him to found this Congregation of Missionaries, in order to save all people.

Bless the Claretian Congregation with new vocations, and help us to persevere till the end

in proclaiming the Gospel,

just like the martyrs did. Amen.


NOVENA FOR MY VOCATION

WITH THE BLESSED MARTYRS OF BARBASTRO

DAY 3: August 7th

Intention: For my friends and their vocation

PRAYER

God, our Father,

in the Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro

you have given us a model of fidelity to the cause of Jesus,

of fidelity to missionary vocation,

of love for the Heart of Mary and for the Church,

of loyalty to our brothers and forgiveness of our enemies.

Grant that we may follow their example

in living faithfully and joyfully in our Congregation and in proclaiming the Gospel

for the glory of God and the salvation of all humankind through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.


REFLECTION

Fr. Juan Diaz Nosti spoke to the seminarians an hour before they were arrested, encouraging them, in such uncertain circumstances, "to greater prayer, to tranquility and peace: that we may throw ourselves into the arms of Providence, that what God may send us will be the best thing for us; that if we are imprisoned, it will be a great glory to suffer persecution for justice sake, to suffer for God, and if it comes to the supreme moment of giving ourselves up to death, what joy, what glory, what honor to give our lives for Christ, to die for our ideals!"


LET US PRAY

Lord our God,

through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

you gave St. Anthony Mary Claret a great love for Jesus, your Son,

and inspired him to found this Congregation of Missionaries, in order to save all people.

Bless the Claretian Congregation with new vocations, and help us to persevere till the end

in proclaiming the Gospel,

just like the martyrs did. Amen.



NOVENA FOR MY VOCATION

WITH THE BLESSED MARTYRS OF BARBASTRO