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Almighty and ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people, especially those who suffer, and bestow your peace on our times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.
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“Down through the centuries and generations it has been seen that in suffering there is concealed a particular power that draws a person interiorly close to Christ, a special grace. To this grace many saints, such as St. Francis of Assisi, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and others, owe their profound conversion. A result of such a conversion is not only that the individual discovers the salvific meaning of suffering but above all that he becomes a completely new person. He discovers a new dimension, as it were, of his entire life and vocation” (John Paul II). Let us remember our friends and relatives who are presently suffering….

St. Peregrine, as a humble Servant of Mary, you experienced human weakness and you knew the pain of suffering and sickness. Knowing that medicine and human knowledge have their limits, we pray for all those involved with the medical profession that they will be a true source of healing and comfort to all people. Like you, we also turn to God in our suffering. Just as Jesus reached out and touched you with His healing hand, we pray that the following sick person(s) will be strengthened in body and spirit and cured of their illness by Jesus Christ through your intercession.

(mention the names in the comments and we will add them to our prayers at the Shrine)

In gratitude we pray for all the people of the world that they will come to know you, St. Peregrine, and the love that God has for each of them. Amen.
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When St. Peregrine was granted the miraculous cure of his leg, people were filled with confidence in the healing power of Jesus Christ crucified. They would invoke the holy friar Peregrine for the Lord to bring them healing. Let us be conscious of the prayerful presence of St. Peregrine as we pray together.

St. Peregrine, brother and friend, kindly hear our prayers. In sickness and suffering, you remained patient and strong, continuing to help others in their own illnesses. Beg the Lord for us, we pray, for peace in our minds and hearts, health in our bodies, and strength in our spirits. Join your voice to our prayers as you live in the heavenly home of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to whom be all praise for ever and ever.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.
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Come Lord Jesus, and do not delay: give new courage to your people who trust in your love. Like our brother St. Peregrine, we come to you in our sorrows and with him we pray for your healing. Have mercy on us, Lord, and heal us from our illnesses, from our insecurities, from our inaction. Fill us with the hope of Christmas that we may sing your praises and serve you and all our brothers and sisters with peaceful and joyful hearts. Come, Lord Jesus, come. 

St. Peregrine, pray for us.
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In his 2007 encyclical Spe Salvi (Saved in Hope), Pope Benedict wrote, “It is when we attempt to avoid suffering by withdrawing from anything that might involve hurt, when we try to spare ourselves the effort and pain of pursuing truth, love, and goodness, that we drift into a life of emptiness, in which there may be almost no pain, but the dark sensation of meaninglessness and abandonment is all the greater.” During this Advent season, let us pray for strength as we continue the search for meaning in our lives.

St. Peregrine, brother and friend, you who were patient in suffering, not running from it but accepting it and bringing it to the Lord, intercede for us in our sufferings. You, who were healed by the Crucified Lord, pray for us that we too may regain health and strength in body and spirit. Help us to carry our crosses with dignity as we seek truth, love, and goodness in this earthly life and eternal happiness in the next. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

St. Peregrine, pray for us.
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“O God, save me by your name; by your power, defend my cause. O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.” (Ps 54)

St. Peregrine, like Jesus before him, prayed that he might be spared the pain of what was happening and what might happen to him in the future. As with them, so with us – there is no escape from the human situations in which we find ourselves. God does not offer escape from life but promises victory over all that inhibits life. So pray we must and also as we can; acknowledging that our words are braver than our feelings

St. Peregrine, brother and friend, faithful servant of the Mother of the Crucified, holy in the Church of God, listen kindly to our prayer. You, who in sickness were patient and strong, help our sick brothers and sisters to carry with humility the cross of sickness. You, who were miraculously healed by the touch of the hand of the crucified Christ, pray to the Lord for the sick, so that their sick and weak bodies may regain strength and health, and their anxious souls may find peace, serenity, and trust. St. Peregrine, may the obedient and fruitful words “May your will be done, Father” blossom on the lips of our sick brothers and sisters just as it did on the lips of Christ and the Blessed Mother. Receive, St. Peregrine, patron of the sick, our praise and petitions, you who live in the light of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit to whom be glory and honor for ever and ever. Amen.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.
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In summary, Jesus did three things to solve the problem of suffering. First, he came. He suffered with us. He wept. Second, in becoming man he transformed the meaning of our suffering: it is now part of his work of redemption. Our death pangs become birth pangs for heaven, not only for ourselves but also for those we love. Third, he died and rose. Dying, he paid the price for sin and opened heaven to us; rising, he transformed death from a hole into a door, from an end into a beginning. (Peter Kreeft, “Making Sense Out of Suffering”)

St. Peregrine, faithful Servant of Mary, you freely accepted your suffering in the knowledge that you were sharing in the redemptive suffering of Christ the Lord. We ask your intercession that Jesus will free our loved ones from the pains that torment them and so show the power of God’s healing love witnessed in Christ Jesus. May God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, whose holiness shines in you, Saint Peregrine, receive all honor and glory for ever. Amen.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.
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“… Society cannot accept its suffering members and support them in their trials unless individuals are capable of doing so themselves; moreover, the individual cannot accept another’s suffering unless he is personally able to find meaning in suffering, a path of purification and growth in maturity, a journey of hope.” Pope Benedict XVI

Father of goodness and love, hear our prayers for our sick and suffering family and friends, and for all those who are in need. In their sufferings in body and spirit, may they find consolation in your comforting and healing presence. Look with mercy and favor upon us all. Make our wounded bodies whole again. Raise our fallen spirits and heal our worried and anxious minds. Through the intercession of St. Peregrine, hear our prayers. And like our companion and patron, may we come to know that the journey of suffering is a journey of healing and hope. We make this prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, who enabled the lame to walk and the blind to see. Amen.

St. Peregrine, pray for us.
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Heal me, Yahweh, and I shall be healed, save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. (Jer 17:14)

“Dear sisters and brothers who are unwell, don't consider yourselves only as objects of solidarity and charity, but feel integrated fully into the life and the mission of the Church… You have your place, a specific role in the parish and every ecclesial sphere. Your presence, silent but more eloquent than many words, your prayer, the daily offering of your suffering in union with that of Jesus crucified for the salvation of the world, patient and even joyous acceptance of your conditions — these are a spiritual resource, a patrimony for every Christian community.” Pope Francis

God our Father, Lord of all consolation, your son suffered and died so that we might have life. This day we praise the wonder of your love for us in the example of your servant, Peregrine. Through his intercession, help us to open our lives to your healing for us, listen to your word, and do your holy will. This we ask through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
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