Prayer to St. Francis Xavier – He is the patron saint of Roman Catholic missions , this prayer can be used by both Catholics and Non-Catholics.
You have sent us to spread the Gospel to all nations and have promised to be with us always.
Take a look at this family on the feast day of St. Francis Xavier.
Pour out your Spirit in abundance on everyone of our brothers and sisters, especially those who are asked to reflect on the path taken and plan what remains to be done, so that we might provide a more real service to mission.
Grant that we may always be faithful to the Gospel and respond to the hopes that the world places in your church today.
Stay with us, Lord, as we assemble around the table of your Bread and your Word, and as we tread the world’s paths alongside our brothers and sisters.
Allow that we all end up in heaven, our home, after being members of the same family on earth.
Powerful Prayer to St. Francis Xavier
Great Saint Francis, loving and full of charity, I reverently adore the Divine Majesty in solidarity with you.
I thank God for the extraordinary gifts of grace bestowed on you in life and in glory after death, and I beg you, with all my heart, to gain for me the grace to live a holy life and die a holy death via your powerful intercession.
I implore you to gain…
(Include your petition).
But if what I want is not for God’s glory and my well-being, please procure for me, I entreat you, what will more assuredly achieve these purposes.
History Of St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier, also known as San Francisco Javier or Xavier, was the greatest Roman Catholic missionary of modern times, (born April 7, 1506, Xavier (Javier) Castle, near Sangüesa, Navarre [Spain]—died December 3, 1552, Sancian [now Shangchuan] Island, China; canonized March 12, 1622; feast day December 3), who was instrumental in the establishment of Christianity in India, the Mal In 1534, he took vows as one of the original seven members of the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, led by St. Ignatius of Loyola in Paris.
Early childhood and education Of St. Francis Xavier
Francis was born in Navarre (now northern Spain), at the Xavier family castle, where Basque was the national tongue. He was the third son of the king of Navarre’s president of the council, the majority of whose country was soon to succumb to the crown of Castile (1512).
Francis grew up and obtained his early schooling at Xavier. He was slated for an ecclesiastical career, as was commonly the case with younger sons of the nobility, and in 1525 he traveled to the University of Paris, Europe’s theological center, to begin his studies.
Another Basque student, Ignatius of Loyola, was sent to live alongside Francis in 1529. He was a former soldier 15 years Francis’ senior who had undergone a deep religious conversion and was now collecting a group of guys who shared his views around himself.
Ignatius gradually won over the initially recalcitrant Francis, and Francis was among the band of seven who, on August 15, 1534, vowed lives of poverty and celibacy in imitation of Christ and solemnly promised to undertake a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and then to devote themselves to the salvation of believers and unbelievers alike in a chapel on Montmartre in Paris.
Francis then conducted the Spiritual Exercises, a 30-day set of meditations created by Ignatius in light of his personal conversion experience to guide the individual toward greater generosity in the service of God and humankind. They instilled in Francis the motivation that would carry him for the rest of his life and pave the road for his recurring supernatural encounters.
India Mission Of St. Francis Xavier
After completing their studies, the band rejoined in Venice, where Francis was consecrated priest on June 24, 1537. After unsuccessfully seeking passage to the Holy Land for more than a year, the seven, along with new recruits, traveled to Rome to place themselves at the disposal of the pope.
Meanwhile, as a result of their preaching and sick-care work throughout central Italy, they had gained such popularity that many Catholic lords sought their help. King John III of Portugal was one of these, and he wished devoted priests to minister to Christians and evangelize the peoples in his new Asian dominions. When one of the two original candidates was unable to go due to illness, Ignatius appointed Francis as his replacement.
The following day, March 15, 1540, Francis left Rome for the Indies, first stopping at Lisbon. The followers of Ignatius were legally acknowledged as a religious order, the Society of Jesus, by Pope Paul III the following fall.