Join our Filipino parishioners and the Filipino Council of the Archdiocese of Baltimore for a Triduum prayer celebration! Find below the videos for the completed prayers, and further below read the stories of the two beloved Filipino Saints.
Day 1, Sept 22:
Day 2, Sept 23:
Day 3, Sept 24 LIVE at 6pm:
The 10th annual (virtual) Eucharistic Celebration will be livestreamed from St. John the Evangelist on September 27th.
About the Saints
San Lorenzo was born in 1600 to a Chinese father and a Filipino mother – both of whom were devout Christians. As a young man, he learned Tagalog from his Mother, Chinese from his Father, and the Dominicans priests taught him Spanish. Lorenzo was eventually married and was the father of two sons and he supported his family as a calligrapher and a transcriber of official documents.
The future seemed bright for this devout family man, until he was falsely accused of murder. Along with three Dominican priests, he sought refuge by boarding a ship headed to Japan, only to learn, once aboard, that a severe persecution was underway there. Lorenzo stayed with the Dominican missionaries who disembarked at Okinawa where their identity as Christians was soon learned. They were taken to Nagasaki and there they were cruelly tortured in the hope that they would renounce the faith; yet Lorenzo and the others refused.
His profession of faith at the point of death should ring in our ears every day:
I will never renounce my faith because I am a Christian, and I shall die for God, and for him, I would give many thousands of lives if I had them. And so, do with me as you please.
San Pedro was born in the mid-17th century but would only live for 17 years. At a very early age, he opened his heart to the Lord in the Holy Spirit. Pedro had a special love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and a warm devotion to Jesus truly present in the Eucharist. With his faith stirred into flame, he became a missionary catechist. Together with a Spanish missionary priest, Fr. Diego Luis de San Vitoŕes, Pedro went to Guam where he spread the faith with courage and love. He preached the faith and baptized many, all the while putting his life at risk.
What so many people loved about Pedro was his kindness and patience amid the many obstacles and privations he faced in his missionary work. His labors bore much fruit – many of the islanders were converted to Christ. As the result of these labors, he and Fr. Diego were put to death in 1672.