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Today is the Feast Day of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. In October 2015, they became the first couple to be canonized together as husband and wife. As the exemplars of holy family life, we have designated Louis and Zélie Martin as the patron Saints of the Calling Couples to Christ Apostolate.

Pray for us, Saints Louis and Zélie, that we may be an instrument of hope and healing to families as they strive to live well their vocation to marriage and family life.

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Prayer to Saints Louis and Zélie Martin

God of eternal love, you give us Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St. Thérèse, as an example of holiness in marriage.

They remained faithful to you and your commandments in all the duties and trials of life.

They desired to raise their children to become saints.

May their prayers and example help Christian couples to blossom in their vocation to family life as they carry out their mission to evangelize their children and other families. We ask this heavenly Father, through your son Jesus Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

To learn more of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, read our blog post on the occasion of their canonization, October 18, 2015.