O God, who gave to St. Peregrine an angel for his companion, the Mother of God for his Teacher, and Jesus for the Physician of his malady; grant, we beseech Thee, through his merits, that we may on earth intensely love our holy angel, the Blessed Virgin, and our Saviour, and in heaven bless them forever. Grant that we receive the favor for which we now petition. Through the same Christ our Lord, Amen.
Say one Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, with invocation: St. Peregrine, pray for us.
St. Peregrine was born in 1260 at Forlì, Italy to an affluent family. He lived a comfortable life as a youth, and politically opposed the papacy. After he experienced the forgiveness of St. Philip Benizi, he changed his life and joined the Order of the Servants of Mary in 1283. He was ordained a priest, and later returned to his home to establish a Servite community. Thus began 62 years of unbelievable penance as Peregrine made reparation for the sins of his youth. There he was widely known for his preaching, penances, and counsel in the confessional. Peregrine was cured of cancer, after he received a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out His hand to touch his impaired limb. Peregrine died in 1345 and was canonized in 1726. His feast day is May 2nd. St. Peregrine is universally invoked as PATRON OF CANCER PATIENTS because a cancerous growth on his own leg was miraculously cured.