02 May Novena in Honor of Saint Peregrine – Day 7
Day Seven of the Novena
St. Peregrine at the Foot of the Cross and Endless Crosses
“Servants of Mary, may they not cease to look to the cross, and with the Mother may they be close to her Son where he is still suffering and dying, so that the light of Easter may shine everywhere.” (Prayer of Blessing 3, Rite of Solemn Profession of the Friar Servants of Mary)
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 healed in front of the now famous image of the crucifixion in the chapter room of the Forlì convent, where he dragged himself in pain. Peregrine remains standing to this day with the Mother of Jesus at the foot of countless human crosses to bring a comforting and consoling presence. The Blessed Virgin models the mystery of compassion to him: to suffer with the other, to recognize and remain close to Jesus crucified in the other. And Jesus Christ revealed to him the the joys of Easter: life, health, salvation. The early stories of Peregrine relate how the poor and peasants were also helped by him and speak of how he miraculously multiplied wheat and wine for the hungry. It is also said he healed a blind man and helped carry the crosses of many others in need.
“And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:27).
Saint Peregrine carried with his cross with a serene spirit, and he put all his hope in the Lord. He helped to carry the crosses of the poor peasants and the sick, bringing them compassion and comfort. Though sorely tested himself, he was patient in suffering and found peace despite his pain.
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.
Holy God and Father, in your Son you give us comfort in our illnesses and are present to us in our trials. We ask you to hold us in the safety of your hand in sickness and health, in pain and joy, and in every good or bad moment of our daily lives. As you are always with us, help us likewise to stand with you at the crosses of all our brothers and sisters suffering from disease, hunger and poverty. Make us the means of your grace bringing them comfort, compassion and hope. In the sufferings of the world, your Son is present and it is he who is our true physician and brother in pain. To you, Father, be honor and glory for all ages. 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.