04 May Novena in Honor of Saint Peregrine – Day 9
Last Day of the Novena
St. Peregrine, Brother of Intercession
“And Jesus said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.” (Lk 17:19)
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 died on May 1, 1345, at the age of eighty after suffering a severe fever. His body was later exhumed and found incorrupt. In contrast to the bad odor which at one time emitted from his gangrenous leg, his body now gave off an extraordinary fragrance which people found difficult to describe. Today his intact body is enshrined in the Servite Church in Forlì, Italy. From 1608 to 1958 at least seven examinations of his body were made by experts. Peregrine was canonized on December 27, 1726, along with Saint John of the Cross and St. Francis Solano. Let us pray on this last day of the novena with a robust faith the healing of our own bodies, if it is the will of God.
“They surrounded me, the snares of death; the anguish of the grave has found me; anguish and sorrow I found. I called on the name of the Lord: ‘Lord, save my life!’” (Ps 116: 2-3)
In the “Life of the Blessed Peregrine of Forli,” we learn that in his sickness, Saint Peregrine had the comfort and supportive care of many people, both brothers and laypeople. The news of the miraculous cure of his leg was spread widely abroad causing great veneration on the part of everyone towards Peregrine, the friend of God. On May 1, 1345, while in his 80s, Peregrine died. The flocking of people to venerate his body was so great that at night, it was not possible to close the city gates, there were so many people crowding through. Many miracles were attributed to blessed Peregrine: records tell of people with evil spirits being set free; blind people restored to sight; and people being healed after serious falls, all as a result of invoking Saint Peregrine. Peregrine, himself cured by a miracle, thus became the intercessor for the cure of many sick people. Over six centuries later many still pray for blessings and miracles at through his intercession.
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 and Father most holy, you sent your Son into the world to carry the weight of our pain and to heal the diseases of your suffering sons and daughters. In this uncertain and fearful time, and by the prayers of Saint Peregrine, our brother of intercession, we beg you to heal and relieve the sufferings of all who place their trust in you. Keep our hearts alive in hope and grant us peace and serenity of spirit. And may your healing Spirit of love fill us all with grace. We ask this through Christ our Lord. 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.
Happy Feast Day from the National Shrine of Saint Peregrine! We join you in prayers for healing and peace.