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St. Lorenzo Ruiz - First Filipino Saint and Martyr

Updated on December 11, 2016

Prayers to St. Lorenzo Ruiz

O MOST MERCIFUL and almighty God,
You bestowed as gift to
Lorenzo Ruiz
The strength to withstand
The overpowering forces of death
For the sake of his faith in You.
Through his prayers,
Help us to follow his example
By overcoming all life's trials
And eventually, increase
Our hope and love in You.
O St. Lorenzo Ruiz,
You brought honor to your country
Having been a level-headed
And prudent father of the family
A witness of Christ in your life
Until your death.
We present all our petitions
To God through your help
So that by our actions,
We may know more and love more
Jesus our Lord and Savior.
We humbly implore
Your intercession O dear
St. Lorenzo,
For the infinite glory of God
And in honor of your triumph
As a martyr of Christ
And defender of Christianity.

Lorenzo Ruiz was born in Binondo, Manila between 1600 and 1610. The exact date of his birth is unknown since the baptismal records of the church of Binondo were destroyed. Lorenzo had a Chinese father and a Filipino mother.

During his youth, he learned Spanish from the Dominicans, whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He was exceptionally gifted with beautiful penmanship and became a professional calligrapher, earned the title of "escribano" who transcribe baptismal, confirmation and marriage documents into the church's official books. Lorenzo was also a member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary which was organized by the Dominicans in the Philippines as soon as they arrived in 1587.

In 1636, a grave crime was committed in Manila, authorities conducted a manhunt for Lorenzo because they believed he knew something about it or was himself involved in it .

When Lorenzo learned of some missionary priests leaving Manila, thinking that they were going to Macao, he sought help from his Dominican superiors who believed in his innocence, he was allowed aboard the ship, along with three Dominican priests, only when they were on the ship did Lorenzo learn that the missionaries were headed for Japan, where Catholics were suffering terrible persecutions at that time. When the boat landed at Okinawa and the group was arrested and imprisoned on basis of their Christian religion.

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They were brought to Nagasaki on July 10, 1636 and subjected to torture by his Japanese captors for more than a year. They were tortured through hanging by their feet, by submerging in water until near death and by water torture. Needles were also pressed in between their finger nails and skin and they were beaten until unconscious. These methods brought some of Ruiz's companions to recant their faith.

Lorenzo went through this agonizing punishment when he refused to renounce his faith. He was told that he would be put to death if he did not renounce his faith, Lorenzo Ruiz told them, "I will never do it. I am a Catholic and happy to die for God. If I have a thousand lives to offer, I will offer them to God."

It was on September 23, 1637 that he began to undergo "hanging in the pit." After two days he died from bleeding and suffocation. His body was cremated and the ashes thrown into the sea.

According to the documents cited to proclaim him "Blessed," his parents were devout Catholics. He was christened "Lorenzo" after a martyr during the 3rd century persecution of Christians. His surname "Ruiz" was taken from the last name of his godfather.

Lorenzo Ruiz was beatified by Pope John Paul II during the Papal visit in Manila on February 18, 1981 at Luneta Park . He was canonized on October 18, 1987 in Rome. Lorenzo Ruiz's feast day falls on September 28.

San Lorenzo Ruiz -Binondo Church
San Lorenzo Ruiz -Binondo Church
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      Danilo Macabebe Jr 19 months ago

      ''Sometimes you see failure but God see you victory in you!

      God sees you in you what you can't see in your self''.

      Oh' Lord you my greatest creatures

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      zenafie 20 months ago


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      sang real 2 years ago

      why is it that san lorenzos feast is on sep. 28 and not on sep 29????

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      lance gabrie 3 years ago

      inspire kay Lorenzo ruiz ang kabataan

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      Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      This was an interesting hub about this saint. I never heard of him. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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      clarita 3 years ago

      I'm so proud of him..He makes me inspire to continue by beliefs in our church..

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      TedJason 4 years ago

      why does he sacrifice for god? because he love god

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      Ted 4 years ago

      Can I make this as a Project for C.L.

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      shie 4 years ago

      so amazing, Pray for us st lorenzo

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      ashly 5 years ago

      your so good lorenzo ruiz

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      dharrel 5 years ago

      proud to have one like u'''''

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      nelson jay . 5 years ago

      I love our very first Filipino Saint LORENZO RUIZ because iv know how is the hard he suffered just to serve honestly to GOD....

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      Christine Lee 5 years ago

      very well narrate .. thanks for the inspiring life you brought to the world.

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      ela 5 years ago

      i learn about SAN LORENZO RIUZ : )

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      camille.. 5 years ago

      thanks nakagawa na ko ng ass ko at ganda ng story ... love it tyanks

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      mark 6 years ago

      i love it.... i have also a strong faith in god... jejejeje.

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      melraps 6 years ago

      I am proud of u ST. LORENZO RUIZ your faith is only for God I hope all Filipino follow your feet....

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      Remedios 6 years ago

      Im so touched,..i faced and facing many trials in life,....i will trust all to God........saint Lorenzo Ruiz please pray for us.

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      ayesha 6 years ago

      nice story...

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      fairytale07 6 years ago

      Saint Lorenzo Ruiz is a real saint because he knew he will die if he choose his faith in God.He is strong and he has a strong faith to God.:):):):)

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      Allyssa Nicole Deguzman 6 years ago

      ... Ganda to the highest level ...:)

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      ria 6 years ago

      Very nice talaga story ni St.Lorenzo Ruiz

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      Fr.Richard 7 years ago

      His story is one of the story that Filipino people and the people who is living in abroad, should know him because of his bravery and faith in God.

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      Ren Joy 7 years ago

      B-day ko ang Feast Day niya!

      Ganda ng Story at ang sinabi nya!

      It really served as a lesson in life...

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      franchette john nikole ala 7 years ago



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      Aliyah Reign P. Mata 7 years ago

      please be proud of him.he is our first saint .he wanted to gave his life for God only.he so love him to

      god so

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      vilma b,villoso 7 years ago

      Thanks and Praise to God in the highest,i"m really bless reading the story life of the first fil.saint lorenzo ruiz.i wish to all the fil.cristian have to meditate the reading this story .

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      xCalvin04 7 years ago

      awesome! proud to be filipino!!

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      Rodnick Asumbra 7 years ago

      ang ganda ng buhay ni st.lorenzo ruiz sana marami pa tayong malaman sa kanya at sa uba pang mga saint's.......

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      kerwin 7 years ago

      sana kilalanin at mahalin ka o St LOrenzo Ruiz ng lahat na mga filipino at chinoy dito sa Pinas... Pati na, ng lahat ng pinoy na nasa ibang bayan...

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      kimberly C. gonzales 7 years ago

      wow!!!!!!!!!!! It IS EnJoYABle 4 ME...........

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      reymar 7 years ago

      because of u we are proud to be pinoy

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      darryl 7 years ago

      thank you

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      darryl 7 years ago


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      mary cris  8 years ago

      it's nice!!!

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      mrgil 8 years ago

      a nice story,we became more prouder as a filipino!!!!!

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      Darelle 8 years ago

      Thank you for sacrificing your life for God.You are a real saint

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      tin 8 years ago

      you are kind because you beleive in god and sacrifice your self just for him you were the first saint in the philippines ur the best god will guide u forever

      god will be with you always and god bless you forever.

      and me and mia are here in st.scholasticas collage westgrove

      in Sta.rosa. ^_^

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      bea 8 years ago

      why does he sacrifice for god?

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      Hmmsaywha 8 years ago

      Why is he a saint?