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Chaplet of St. Peregrine

The Saint for Cancer and HIV / AIDS

Feast: May 4th or 16th

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Method of Recitation:

The medal for this chaplet is #726 and can be found in the "Saint Medals" section

1) Crucifix: It is recommended that you pray an Act of Contrition and/or a Spiritual Communion.

2) First set of 3 beads: Pray one Our Father on each bead.

3) Second set of 3 beads: Pray one Hail Mary on each bead.

4) Last set of 3 beads: Pray the Glory Be on each bead.

5) On the medal of St. Peregrine:
V. Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye;
R. In the shadow of your wings protect us.

St. Peregrine, we come to you confidently to implore your aid with God in our necessity. You were converted instantly from a worldly life by the good example of one holy person. You were cured instantaneously of cancer by God's grace and unceasing prayer. In your gracious kindness please ask the Lord to heal us also in body, mind, and soul. May we then also imitate you in doing His work with renewed vigour and strength. Amen.
Optional Prayer:
St. Peregrine Laziosi (1260-1345)

Born in Forli, Italy, Peregrine is the patron saint of persons suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS and other serious diseases.

As a young man he was a member of an anti-papal party until he encountered St. Philip Benizi, the head of the Servite order, who had been sent to try to reconcile the divided community. While trying to preach in Forli, Philip was heckled and even struck by Peregrine, who was overcome by momentary political fervour. But that moment also changed Peregrine. He began to channel his energies in new directions, engaged in good works and eventually joined the Servites in Siena and went on to be ordained a priest. Returning to his home town, he founded a new Servite house there and became well known for his preaching and holiness as well as his devotion to the sick and poor.

One of the special penances he imposed on himself was standing whenever it was not necessary to sit. Over time, Peregrine developed varicose veins and, in turn, cancer of the foot. The wound became painful and diseased and all medical treatment failed. The local surgeon determined amputation of the leg was called for.

Tradition has it that the night before surgery was scheduled Peregrine spent much time in prayer before the crucified Jesus, asking God to heal him if it was God's will to do so. Falling asleep at one point, Peregrine had a vision of the crucified Jesus leaving the cross and touching his cancerous leg. When Peregrine awoke, the wound was healed and his foot and leg, seemingly miraculously cured, were saved. He lived another 20 years. Peregrine was canonized in 1726.

To the Mother of Sorrows through the Intercession of St. Peregrine
(Can be used for a Novena)

O my dearest Mother Mary, mother of Sorrows, behold me, your child, in prayer. I have come to plead for this special favour through the intercession of your faithful servant, St. Peregrine. (Mention your request.)

O sorrowful Mother, I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son. If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused. I know, dearest mother, that you want me to seek God's will in all things. Therefore, with childlike trust I abandon myself to God's Holy Will concerning my request. If what I ask for should not be granted, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul.

Mother of Sorrows, I love you! I put all my confidence in you, because your prayers before God are most powerful. For the greater glory of God and through the intercession of St. Peregrine, whom you have led to sainthood, hear and grant my prayer. Amen.

St. Peregrine