Prayer to St. Francis Xavier

by Guest Contributor

3rd December is the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, a Spanish Jesuit who lived as a Roman Catholic missionary in the 1500s. He was one of the first members of the Jesuit order and travelled to India, Southeast Asia, and Japan to share his faith with others. Francis Xavier was beatified by Paul V on 25th October 1619, and was canonized by Gregory XV on 12th March 1622. Pius XI proclaimed him the "Patron of Catholic Missions".

Prayer to St. Francis Xavier

O God, our creator,
inspired by the example of St. Francis,
we pray to you for the courage to be missionaries,
reaching out and leading others to Jesus.
Like St. Francis Xavier,
may we help those in need,
may we live a life rooted in prayer and
may we bring Christ to all those we meet.
This we ask through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.