1st July Feast Day of St Junipero Serra God Bless California

 

St Junipero Serra

Junípero Serra was a Spanish Roman Catholic priest and missionary of the Franciscan Order. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1730 and ordained in 1738. In 1750 he arrived in Mexico City for missionary work among the Indians, serving first in the Sierra Gorda missions from 1750 to 1758 and then in south-central Mexico from 1758 to 1767. Serra’s missionary work among the Indians of North America earned him the title of “Apostle of California”.

Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 25 September 1988. Pope Francis canonized Serra on 23 September 2015.

Saint Junipero Serra, patron saint of vocations to Church ministry and builder of the Church on the west coast—pray for us!

Prayer for Our Holy Father

God, Our Father, we ask You to look with mercy and love on the Supreme Shepherd You have chosen for us. Give him health and strength to guide and govern Your holy people. May he, through word and example, direct, sustain and encourage the people in his care, so that with them he may share everlasting life. Lord Jesus, hear our prayer through the intercession of Saint Junipero Serra. Amen.

Devotion to Honor Saint Junípero Serra (Novena)

O God, in Your ineffable mercy, You chose Saint Junípero Serra as a means of gathering many peoples of the Americas into Your Church. Grant that through his intercession our hearts may be united in You in ever greater love, so that at all times and in all places we may show forth the image of Your Only-Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Saint Junipero Serra Novena

Saint Junipero Serra, your missionary zeal brought the light of Christ to millions. You endured so many hardships, and labored so much that your work resonates today in the hearts of hundreds of millions of Catholics. Saint Serra, I petition you today to help me deliver the light of Christ through my words and deeds to others. May I instruct by example and faithfully guide others to Christ, just as you so wonderfully did centuries ago. I pray that you stand beside me, that you grant me the wisdom and words to share. Please intercede for me before the throne of Christ, may you both witness the work I do on His behalf. I offer my labor and my sacrifice to you. Please receive me as your faithful servant, in Christ, My Lord, I pray. Amen

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Saint Junipero Serra, pray for us

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Serra Prayer for Vocations 

O God, Who wills not the death of a sinner, but rather that he be converted and live, grant we beseech You through the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, Saint Joseph, her spouse, Blessed Junipero Serra, and all the saints, an increase of laborers for your Church, fellow laborers with Christ to spend and consume themselves for souls, through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Junipero Serra

God most high, your servant Junipero Serra brought the gospel of Christ to the peoples of Mexico and California and firmly established the Church among them. By his intercession, and through the example of his evangelical zeal, inspire us to be faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Litany of Saint Junípero Serra

God, the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, Have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.

Mother of the Church, Pray for us.

Mother of all Vocations, Pray for us.

Queen of the Angels, Pray for us.

Patroness of the Americas, Pray for us.

Saint Junipero Serra, Pray for us.

Who opens my eyes and heart to the challenges of today, Pray for us.

Prophet and penitent who saw the suffering Christ in the poor,

Pray for us.

Protector, lover, defender of the Indians and our faith, Pray for us.

Admirer of all creation, the sea, the sky, and all the earth, Pray for us.

Model of priestly service and saintly son of St. Francis, Pray for us.

Beloved of God and of all those in need, Pray for us.

Peacemaker in the face of violence, Pray for us.

Teacher of perseverance and trust in prayer, Pray for us.

Apostolic missionary, Pastor, and Patron of the Californias, Pray for us.

Pathfinder for those seeking true direction in their lives, Pray for us.

Patron of all Serrans, Pray for us.

God’s fearless leader, Pray for us.

Who keeps my gratitude fresh each day, Pray for us.

Who accepts both success and suffering as gift, Pray for us.

Who bore his physical and emotional pain in imitation of the

Crucified, Pray for us.

Who spoke the truth openly and courageously against power and

injustice, Pray for us.

Whose charity and humility endured a lifetime, Pray for us.

Who proclaimed the Gospel, fed the hungry, and clothed the naked,

Pray for us.

Who was always faithful, zealous and loyal, Pray for us.

Who was close to the sick and dying, Pray for us.

Who is guide to my feet in following Christ, Pray for us.

Who told us “Always go forward and never turn back,” Pray for us.

O Christ, may your compassion shine forth from the depth of our

hearts and embrace all we meet, Hear us, O Lord.

You who fills the emptiness in our life with your presence, Hear us, O Lord.

Tender-hearted and merciful God, Hear us, O Lord.

Christ hear us, Christ hear us.

Lord Jesus, hear our prayers, Lord Jesus, hear our prayers.

Prayers

Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be to the Father.

Let Us Pray:

O Lord Jesus Christ, reward the apostolic zeal of Your

Seraphic son, Saint Junipero Serra, who leaving home and

fatherland, labored for the salvation of souls in Spain, Mexico and

California. By Your Most Holy name may he be raised to the full

honors of the altar. Through the intercession of Saint Serra, look with

favor on my special prayers which have no earthly answer. This we

pray through Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood

O God, who willed to provide shepherds for your people,

pour out in your Church a spirit of piety and fortitude,

to raise up worthy ministers for your altars

and make them ardent yet gentle heralds of your Gospel.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God for ever and ever.