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.
Prayer to Saint Peregrine
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 to you.
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
(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are
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.
St. Peregrine was born in 1260 at Forlė, Italy
to an affluent family. He lived a comfortable life as a youth, and politically
opposed the papacy. After he experienced the forgiveness of St. Philip
Benizi, he changed his life and joined the Servite order. He was
ordained a priest, and later returned to his home to establish a Servite
community. There he was widely known for his preaching, penances, and
counsel in the confessional. He was cured of cancer, after he received
a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out His hand to touch his impaired
limb. He died in 1345 and was canonized in 1726. He is the patron
of cancer patients.