St. Peregrine Laziosi is the patron saint of those suffering
with cancer, HIV and other chronic illnesses. Cured of cancer
after praying at the foot of a crucifix, St. Peregrine Laziosi
holds a special place in the Church as well as the hearts of those
individuals who either suffer or who have loved ones suffering
Legend says that St. Peregrine Laziosi had stood for the better
part of 30 years as penance for his slapping a priest during an
anti-papal rally. The priest - who later became St. Philip - reacted,
not in anger or by punching him back, simply offered the young
man his other cheek to strike.
This action so impressed Peregrine, that he not only converted
to Catholicism, but entered the order of the Servites after seeing
a vision of the Virgin Mary. He choose the penance of standing
whenever he could after his vows into the order were heard by
the same priest who he struck years earlier in Italy, Philip.
Because of this special relationship that St. Peregrine has with
the church, an abundance of novenas exist to this protector of
those with diseases. A novena is a prayer with a special request.
When said for nine days in a row your special requests are said
to be answered. The word "novena" itself comes from
the Latin word for nine.Various forms of novena are available
to you if you've adopted St. Peregrine Laziosi as your patron
saint. The following is a novena that is especially tailored for
those suffering with cancer - the same disease that St. Peregrine
Laziosi developed. The prayer is meant to be said for nine days
in a row.
St. Peregrine Novena
Oh great Saint Peregrine,
you, who have been called "The Mighty"
and "The Wonder-Worker"
because of the numerous miracles
which you have obtained from God
for those who have had recourse to you.
For so many years you bore in your own flesh
this cancerous disease that destroys the very fiber of our being,
and who had recourse to the source of all grace
when the power of man could do no more.
You were favored with the vision of Jesus
coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction.
Ask of God and Our Lady,
the cure of these sick persons whom we entrust to you.
(State your intention here...)
Aided in this way by your powerful intercession,
we shall sing to God,
now and for all eternity,
a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy.
Saint Peregrine Novena
Glorious wonder-worker, St. Peregrine, you answered the divine
call with a ready spirit, and forsook all the comforts of a life
of ease and all the empty honors of the world to dedicate yourself
to God in the Order of His holy Mother.
You labored manfully for the salvation of souls. In union with
Jesus crucified, you endured painful sufferings with such patience
as to deserve to be healed miraculously of an incurable cancer
in your leg by a touch of His divine hand.
Obtain for me the grace to answer every call of God and to fulfill
His will in all the events of life. Enkindle in my heart a consuming
zeal for the salvation of all men.
Deliver me from the infirmities that afflict my body (especially.....).
Obtain for me also a perfect resignation to the sufferings it
may please God to send me, so that, imitating our crucified Savior
and His sorrowful Mother, I may merit eternal glory in heaven.
St. Peregrine, pray for me and for all who invoke your aid
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