St. Peregrine Laziosi may not be the most well known saint
the Catholic Church has ever canonized, but he certainly is patron
saint to a large group of people - whether you realize it or not.
That's because he's seen as a protector of those who suffer with
cancer, HIV or any other serious life-threatening or chronic illness.
To many Catholics, this means that they can pray to this figure
- who himself had suffered with cancer - with the faith that he
may intercede for them and provide a miraculous healing.
St. Peregrine stood the vast majority of 30 years as a self-imposed
penance for slapping the individual who was to become St. Philip.
Not only did this cause him to develop varicose veins, but it's
said that he also acquired cancer in his foot because of it.
On the even of his amputation operation, St. Peregrine Laziosi
dragged himself to the foot of a crucifix where he spent the night
in prayer. During this time, he entered a trance-like state, in
which he had a vision of Christ touching his diseased foot. Upon
exiting the trance, he realized his foot was healed - completely.
Catholics now pray to this saint with the faith of receiving
a healing themselves and to comfortthem in their - or their loved
ones - darkest hours. Prayer itself is an act of faith in which
you speak to the divine. While many types of prayers exist, depending
on the purpose of your intended conversation, those who pray to
St. Peregrine Laziosi, usually use what's called intercessory
This is the form of prayer used when you're requesting a petition
be met - as in being healed from a chronic disease like cancer.
Another form of prayer is that of thanksgiving - most often used
those who have received an answer to their prayers.
Many other forms of prayer exist - and you've no doubt used these
all through the years - including worshipping God, asking for
either guidance or assistance in certain circumstances, confession
of sins or to make amends for past mistakes or sins. And then
sometimes we pray simply to express our thoughts and our emotions
The following prayer is just one of many available to you to
pray to St. Peregrine Laziosi to request his aid in helping to
heal you from you cancer or chronic disease.
St. Peregrine Prayer
GLORIOUS WONDER-WORKER, St. Peregrine,
You answered the divine call
With a ready spirit,
And forsook all the comforts of the world
To dedicate yourself to God
In the Order of His Most Holy Mother.
You labored manfully
For the salvation of souls;
And in union with Jesus Crucified
You endured the most painful sufferings
With such patience
As to deserve to be
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 souls;
Deliver me from the infirmities
that afflict my body
(name your petition)
Obtain for me
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. (3 times)
Saint Peregrine Prayer for people with cancer
O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty,"
"The Wonder-Worker," because of the numerous miracles
which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse
For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease
that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse
to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more.
You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His
Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure
of the sick whom we entrust to you.
(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom
you are praying)
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.
A Prayer to Saint Peregrine for Sick Relatives and Friends
O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty",
"The Wonder Worker" because
of the numerous miracles which you obtained from God for those
who have turned to you in
their need. For so many years, you bore in your own flesh this
cancerous disease that destroys
the very fiber of our being.
You turned to God when the power of human beings could do no
more, and you were favored with the vision of Jesus coming down
from His cross to heal your affliction. I now ask God to
heal these sick persons whom I entrust to you:
(here mention their names)
Aided by your powerful intercession, I shall sing with Mary a
hymn of gratitude
to God for His great goodness and mercy. Amen.
Prayer to St. Peregrine
O God, who gave to St. Peregrine an Angel for his companion,
the Mother of God for his Teacher, and Jesus as the Physician
of his malady, grant we beseech You through his merits that we
may on earth intensely love our Holy Angel, the blessed Virgin
Mary, and our Saviour, and in Him bless them forever. Grant that
we may receive the favor which we now petition. We ask this through
the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
(say 7 Our Fathers, 7 Hail Marys and 7 Glory be to the Fathers
the invocation "St. Peregrine, pray for us.")
Saint Peregrine Prayer
Dear Apostle of Emilia and member of the Order of Mary, you spread
the Good News by your word, and by your life witnessed to its
truth. In union with Jesus crucified, you endured excruciating
sufferings so patiently as to be healed miraculously of cancer
in the leg. If it is agreeable to God, obtain relief and cure
for N., and keep us all from the dread cancer of sin. Amen.
Prayer to St. Peregrine prayer for cancer patients
We implore thy powerful aid, St. Peregrine, for all who are living
unworthy of their Christian vocation. May the be converted from
a sinful, selfish life, as thou wast by the good example of those
who are obedient to Christ's counsels.
We invoke thy special help, St. Peregrine, for all in religious
life that they may remain faithful as thou didst to their vows,
and ever steadfast in their commitment to Christ.
We seek thy merciful aid, St. Peregrine, especially for those
afflicted or threatened by cancer, by any ailment of the foot,
or by any incurable diseases. Please help us quickly to find a
cure for cancer, and a remedy for all our human infirmities of
soul, mind, and body. Amen.
V. Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of Thine Eye,
R. In the shadow of Thy Wings, protect us.
prayer of st peregrine
St. Peregrine, we come to thee confidently to implore thy aid
with God in our necessity. Thou wast converted instantly from
a worldly life by the good example of one holy person. Thou wast
also cured instantaneously of cancer by God's grace and unceasing
prayer. In thy gracious kindness please ask the Lord to heal us
also in body, mind, and soul. May we then also imitate thee in
doing His work with renewed vigor and strength. Amen.
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