June 30 The First Holy Martyrs

My heart beat violently as I pressed my lips to the dust once reddened with the blood of the early Christians, and I asked the grace to be a martyr too for Jesus. At the bottom of my heart I felt that I was heard.

-St. Therese of Lisieux

 

Prayer for the Church in Need

God of power and of mercy, you gave courage to the martyrs who died for their faith. In many places in the world, our brothers and sisters in Christ continue to suffer for their belief in you and in your Son. Strengthen all those who suffer religious persecution. May we work for the day when all your children may worship you in freedom and in joy.

Amen.

 

Prayer for the Protection of the Church

O glorious Saint Michael, guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus Christ, come to the assistance of the Church, against which the powers of hell are unchained, guard with especial care her august Head, and obtain that for him and for us the hour of triumph may speedily arrive.

O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, watch over us during life, defending us against assaults of the demon, assists us especially at the hour of death; obtain for us a favorable judgment, and the happiness of beholding God face to Face for endless ages.

Amen.

 

Litany of the Saints