Background: St Peregrine (1260 – 1345) was born in Italy. After a turbulent youth, he repented of his sins, joined the Servite Order and was ordained a priest, devoting his life to preaching, penance and helping the sick and poor. He became well known for his miracles. St Peregrine developed a cancerous deformity of his leg which required amputating. The night before the operation, while prayed in front of a Crucifix, he fell into a deep trance. During the trance he experienced Jesus descending from the cross and touching his leg. The following day when the doctor arrived to perform the operation, the cancer had gone. His Feast Day is the 1st May.
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 laboured 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 healed miraculously of an incurable cancer 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 inflict my body especially:
(Share your request …) but, may God’s will be done.
Obtain for me also perfect resignation to the sufferings it may please God to send me, so that, imitating our Crucified Saviour and his Sorrowful Mother, I may merit eternal glory in heaven. Amen.
Say: St Peregrine, pray for me and all who invoke your aid. (3 times)
… St Peregrine, Thank you …