01 May Novena in Honor of Saint Peregrine – Day 6
Day Six of the Novena
Saint Peregrine, a witness of hope in sickness
“Peregrine bore the death of Jesus in his body so that the life of Jesus might be revealed.”
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.
Saint Peregrine was sorely tried by illness. Around 1325, a painful, cancerous ulcer attacked one of his legs. The foul odor emanating from the sore was unbearable for Peregrine and those close to him. It isolated him from others and even caused him to loath himself. He was called another Job, so afflicted did he appear. Nevertheless, reduced to such great and distasteful suffering, he did not complain about his lot. Rather, he endured this wasting away and torment with a tranquil spirit, trusting in the words of the Apostle who says that virtue is made strong in weakness.
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,
– yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. (Is 53:4)
Saint Peregrine followed the footsteps of Christ, carrying his cross each day. He saw his sufferings in the light of the life of Jesus, who in his merciful heart, healed the sufferings of many reviving and their hope and faith. When cancer threatened him with the amputation of his leg, Saint Peregrine crawled with much difficulty to the chapter room and spoke with Jesus crucified, his guide and teacher. He entrusted his suffering to him and put his hope in him. And Jesus came down from the cross and healed him.
Let us ask our Lord and Guide to understand the mystery of suffering as we too are isolated and look hopefully to the cross of Christ. Let us ask for the strength and faith to unite our sufferings to the suffering of Jesus for the redemption of the world.
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.
Father of all compassion, in Christ your Son, you have revealed to us the Christian values of suffering and the hope that springs from the cross. Stay with us in difficult times and comfort us with a Spirit of solitude. Help us to face the sorrows of life with hope and faith. Through the intercession of Saint Peregrine, teach us to place our sufferings at the feet of Christ crucified and to receive from him serenity and health. To you Father, refuge of the weak, be honor and glory forever. Amen.
O Lord, our Savior, give us patience and strength in this time of trial. Heal our wounds and allow us all to live together again in serenity and in peace. Amen. Through the intercession of St. Peregrine, may the Lord bless us, keep us from harm, and lead us to eternal life. Amen.
St. Peregrine, pray for us.