03 May Novena in Honor of Saint Peregrine – Day 8
Day Eight of the Novena
Saint Peregrine, Miraculously Healed
“Jesus said, ‘Get up, pick up your sleeping-mat and walk around.’ The man was cured at once, and he picked up his mat and started to walk around.” (Jn 5: 8-9)
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.
As recorded in the Life of the Blessed Peregrine of Forli, Saint Peregrine, when he was in his 60s, was stricken with a gangrenous ulcer on his leg. The wound festered, would not heal, and eventually required amputation. The night before the surgery, he dragged himself to the chapter room where there is a fresco of the Crucifixion. He remained there in trustful prayer to the crucified Christ. Overcome by pain and distress he dozed in a trance and as in a dream saw the crucified Jesus come down from the cross and liberate him from every ailment of his leg. At once he woke up and realized that his leg was healed and as strong as it previously had been. After giving thanks to the most merciful God for such an extraordinary gift, he returned to his cell. The following morning, the doctor came to conduct the amputation. But he saw that the leg was completely healed. He turned to his assistants and exclaimed: What a great miracle!
On the wood of the cross Christ bore all our sins
– So that by his wounds we may be healed.
“You can now pick up the cross with courage, like Peregrine. In spite of everything, keep walking, keep moving towards the crucified Jesus. Let him draw you to himself. What new strength you will find amid your great weakness. …keep looking towards the cross with faith, like Peregrine. Put your trust in the power of God and do not doubt that God will help you. It is in the cross that you will discover the love of God which purifies us and purges us of all that is not of God.” (Hubert Moons, OSM)
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 our Father, ever merciful and kind, you sent your Son on earth as a healer of bodies and souls; to rescue humanity stricken by sin and by death. For your will is that we should have life to the full. Look kindly we pray upon all who are suffering and sick for they place their trust in your help. By the prayers of Saint Peregrine, grant them your healing as once you poured healing upon him. Grant that your Son, Jesus Christ saving Lord, stretch forth his hand from the cross to bless in our day all his servants in pain, as they turn to him wounded and weak. Endow them with serenity and peace, that they may thank you and honor your Holy Name, through your Son Jesus who has died and is risen, living and reigning for ever and ever. 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.