I’ve noticed that there are quite a few of you who have been asking for prayers for someone battling cancer. I love the time before prayer when you share your prayer intentions with the group. I thought I’d share a special prayer called a novena with you.
For those of you who aren’t Catholic, a novena is a series of prayers, usually over 9 days, though sometimes longer. Novenas are often said to ask for the intercession of a saint in heaven. This is similar to asking a holy friend here on Earth to pray for your loved ones. The thinking is that the saints have already shown themselves to be close to God by virtue of their holiness or their suffering here on Earth. Asking them to intercede for us is basically asking them to add their prayers to ours.
St. Peregrine is the Patron saint of those battling cancer, and today is the first day of a novena to St. Peregrine on the Praymorenovenas website. In light of recent prayer requests, I thought I’d share it with you:
St. Peregrine Novena Prayers
Dear holy servant of God, St. Peregrine, we pray today for healing.
Intercede for us! God healed you of cancer and others were healed by your prayers. Please pray for the physical healing of…
(Mention your intentions)
These intentions bring us to our knees seeking your intercession for healing.
We are humbled by our physical limitations and ailments. We are so weak and so powerless. We are completely dependent upon God. And so, we ask that you pray for us…
Day 1 – Pray for us, that we will not let sickness bring us to despair
Day 2 – Pray for us, that we may persevere in hope
Day 3 – Pray for us, that we will have the courage to offer up our suffering in unity with the Cross
Day 4 – Pray for us, that the loneliness of our suffering will be consoled
Day 5 – Pray for us, that the fear of death will be replaced with the hope of everlasting life
Day 6 – Pray for us, that our suffering will not rob us of joy
Day 7 – Pray for us, that in our pain we will not become selfish but ever more selfless
Day 8 – Pray for us, that this sickness will teach me to depend more and more on God
Day 9 – Pray for us, that our lives will glorify God alone
We know, St. Peregrine, that you are a powerful intercessor because your life was completely given to God. We know that in as much as you pray for our healing, you are praying even more for our salvation.
A life of holiness like yours is more important that a life free of suffering and disease. Pray for our healing, but pray even more that we might come as close to Our Lord as you are.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
Find the Original Here: http://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-peregrine-novena/#ixzz3wzp9cGQC
Please know that I pray over your prayer intentions–and for all of you and your families–each day. I pray that your loved ones find healing and strength for the battle.