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NOVENA TO THE ŠIROKI BRIJEG MARTYRS 29.01.- 06.02.2013.

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NOVENA TO THE ŠIROKI BRIJEG MARTYRS 29.01.- 06.02.2013.

 
February is the month in which most friars of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province were mercilessly slaughtered. The communists killed them without trial or any guilt. Most of them were killed on the 7th February 1945. in Siroki Brijeg. Committing these terrible crimes the Communists wanted to strike at the heart of the Province and destroy it in the monastery where it was born. Quite the opposite happened. Witness of faith and the blood of the martyrs of Siroki Brijeg, forever inscribed in the consciousness of the faithful and their brethren, became a source of inspiration, comfort and grace. Today their sacrifice and martyrdom illuminate our nation and the Church.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, we invite all of you, especially members of the community prayer "Visitation", to pray novena in honor of the martyrs of Siroki Brijeg so that through their intercession we may grow in faith, love and unity.

                                                                                                                        NOVENA


Lord, we are meditating about magnificent death and glorious testimony of the Siroki Brijeg martyrs for you, for the Church, for mankind. Relaying on Your promise :”All what you ask from Father in my name will be done!” let us pray:
In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen
I believe...


1st day

Lord, the Široki Brijeg martyrs were victims of war. May their sacrifice and blood shed bring an end to the wars in the world and to all wars that exist in the hearts of individuals and families, in the heart and the life of the Church. May their intercession bring comfort to all victims of wars so, that they may be able to carry their own cross and witness faith and love towards You and their neighbour.
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be


2nd day

Lord, the thirty Široki Brijeg martyrs were killed and burnt in flames of fire. Through this fire they became a pleasant and fragrant sacrifice to You. Through their intercession, may we experience the grace of conversion. May all atheism and pride in us be burned in the fire of Your love; may all sin within us be burnt away and may our love for You, for the Church and for our neighbour be freed.
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be


3rd day
Lord, the thirty Široki Brijeg martyrs were Franciscan friars. The pledged their vows of obedience, purity and poverty, thus choosing to serve You with their whole hearts. In these times of pleasure, delusion and avarice, through the intercession of our martyrs, free us, Lord, from all evil, so that we may know how to make use of worldy goods, following You, serving You and loving You above all.
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

4th day
Lord, the Široki Brijeg martyrs were teachers and educators of their people. They educated generations in the spirit of Christian faith, of the Gospel and of love, hope and peace. May they be today and example to the youth so that they too will be able to love You above everything else, to believe in You and Your Word, to draw closer to You.
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

5th day
Lord, the Široki Brijeg martyrs were monks and priests. They received their strength from the bloodless sacrifice of the Mass, so that they could bear witness, with their blood, for Your sake, for the Church and their homeland. Oh Lord, teach us to love and to live the Holy Mass; teach us to live drawing off from the Altar, from Your outstretched hands.
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be


6th day
Before the moment of death our martyrs said; “If they take away everything from us and destroy it, they cannot take the Bible away from us”. And the Bible remained in the hands of our martyrs. Lord, grant us the grace to love the Bible, Your living Word. Open our hearts to Your Word that we may meditate upon it and that it may become rooted in our life. Grant that our hearts may be living tabernacles of Your Word which will inspire and strengthen us in our distress and heal us in our weakness.
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

7th day
Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, may Your love, Your nearness and Your motherly aid and intercession be made manifest here in this Your holy shrine, which the martyrs of Široki Brijeg guarded with their own lives and filled with their prayers, sacrifices and self denials. Assist us that, through their intercession, each person who comes to this holy shrine may be heard in prayer, consoled in misfortune, healed from all illness and may find peace and blessings.
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

8th day
Lord, the thirty Franciscan brothers of Široki Brijeg shed their blood of martyrdom for the faith, for God, for the people and their homeland. This is how they became Your image. Through the strength of Your and their blood of martyrdom, Jesus, may they be raised to the honor of the altars and be enumerated amongst Your Saints. Through their intercession and prayers, may we be gifted with grace and may our prayers be granted.
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be


9th day
Lord, the Široki Brijeg martyrs have been generous in their forgiveness. Eye-witnesses testified that, at the site of their execution, many of them gave absolution to their enemies as they made the sign of the cross, and prayed for them. Grant that, through their intercession, we too may know how to forgive our enemies, how to do good and how to repay with goodness those who hate and persecute us.
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

V) Pray for us, martyr of Široki Brijeg-
R)That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

                                                                                                                Let us Pray


Lord, our God, make Yourself know through Your servants who made testimony to You trough their martyrdom, so that through their suffering Your Church may live and build itself in peace, love, and hope. May Your name be glorified and Your love and goodness be shown by raising them to the altars – may Your Church see in them a model as well as powerful interceeders in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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