27 Apr Novena in Honor of Saint Peregrine – Day 2
Day Two of the Novena
Saint Peregrine guided by The Virgin Mother
“Peregrine walked the way of salvation and, as the end of his life drew near, he watched and waited for the coming of the Lord.”
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Invocation to the Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Peregrine’s exhortation by Saint Philip to entrust himself to the maternal protection of the Blessed Virgin and the pardon he showed him, filled Peregrine’s heart with peace and serenity. He returned to his home and began a more Christian life and increased his devotion to the Virgin. In his native city of Forlí, he went to pray before an image of the Virgin in the Church of the Holy Cross. One day she appeared to him and declared “Do not fear son: I am the Mother of Him whom you worship crucified and he commanded me to point you to the path of happiness. Do you know those religious who are called Servants of the Virgin Mary? Your name is Peregrine, so you will be a pilgrim in name and deed. It is necessary that you go to Siena; coming there, you will find these holy men in prayer: beg them to welcome you into their family.” (From the Life of St. Peregrine written by Nicolas Borghese (1432-1500)
A tender devotion to the Virgin constantly encouraged St. Peregrine. When he was uncertain of his future, the Blessed Virgin guided his steps along the path that led to Jesus Christ. Peregrine was always ready to follow the invitation of his glorious Lady. Let us ask him to grow in love for the Virgin Mother and to welcome her as mother and guide of our lives also. And let us praise the goodness of the Lord that we might always have light, hope and comfort.
Our Father, who art in heaven…
Hail Mary, full of grace…
Glory to the Father…
Pray for us St. Peregrine, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
O God, the Father of mercy, in your provident kindness the
Virgin Mary inspired Saint Peregrine to set himself free of his passions and to
follow the way of your Son in the Order of her Servants. Look kindly on those
seeking direction in their lives. Through the intercession of St. Peregrine,
guide all wanderers and support them on the right path. Grant us all freedom
from sickness, suffering, and sin and let us walk together as pilgrims to your
Kingdom. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
St. Peregrine, pray for us.