9 day Novena St Florian (Patron Saint of Fire and Firefighters):
You know, beloved St Florian, from the sacrifice of your own life for the sake of your faith, that the fireman’s lot on earth is not always a pleasant one, but your sense of duty that so pleased God, your courageous strength that so overwhelmed the devil and your saintly self-control which gives us inspiration.
Make us as fearless in practicing the laws of God as we are brave in protecting the lives and property of our fellowmen, and when we answer our final alarm, enrol us in your heavenly force, where we will be as proud to protect the throne of God as we have been to protect the city. Amen.
St Florian please stand before the throne of God and ask for rain on the Australian bush fires.
Say One Our Father and One Hail Mary – in thanks for hearing our prayer.
NB. Patron Saint of Fire and Firefighters, St Florian (3rd Century Saint) was persecuted for not denouncing his faith in Christ.
Legend says that during his life, St. Florian who lead soldiers that were firefighters, put out a massive fire with only one bucket of water, saving a village from ruin. Many years after St. Florian’s death, a man said he was saved from a deadly fire when he called on St. Florian, begging for his intercession.