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PRAYER TO ST ROCHE AGAINST CONTAGIOUS ILLNESSES

PRAYER TO ST ROCHE AGAINST CONTAGIOUS ILLNESSES

Prayer to Saint Roche, patron against contagious illnesses

O blessed St Roche, patron of the sick, have pity on those who lie upon a bed of suffering. Your power was so great when you were in this world, that by the Sign of the Cross, many were healed of their diseases. Now that you are in heaven, your power is not less. Offer, then, to God our sighs and tears and obtain for us that health we seek, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Repeat the following 3 times:
“Saint Roche, pray for us, that we may be preserved from all diseases of body and soul. Amen.”

 
 

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ST JULIANA OF NICOMEDIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST JULIANA OF NICOMEDIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST JULIANA OF NICOMEDIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 16

Juliana, from Cumae in Campania, who was first mentioned in the “Martyriologium Hieronymianum”, suffered martyrdom in 304 during the Diocletian persecution. As a Christian convert, she refused to marry the pagan Senator Eleusius, which caused the anger of both her suitor and her pagan father Africanus. She was then detained, tortured and beheaded. In prison, she was said to have been exposed to a vision of a demon who pretended to be an angel of light and asked her to sacrifice to the pagan gods. Juliana recognised the deception and shouted: “Lord God of heaven and earth, do not leave me and do not allow your maid to perish.” She defeated the tempter who admitted to her that the devils suffer especially when Christians assist at Mass. St Juliana has traditionally been called for the safe delivery of women in labour and for protection against fever and infectious diseases.

PRAYER:

May blessed Juliana, Virgin and Martyr, who was ever pleasing to you by the merit of her chastity and by her trust in your power, implore for us your forgiveness, we beseech you, O God. Through our Lord…

 

 

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PRAYER TO ST APOLLONIA

PRAYER TO ST APOLLONIA

ST APOLLONIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 9

O God, who among the many miracles of your power have bestowed the victory of martyrdom even upon the weaker sex, graciously grant that we, who commemorate the anniversary of the death of blessed Apollonia, your Virgin and Martyr, may come to you by the path of her example. Through our Lord…

– Brev. Romanum

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2020 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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ST FELIX I, POPE AND MARTYR

ST FELIX I, POPE AND MARTYR

ST FELIX I, POPE AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 30

A member of a Roman family, Pope Felix I led the Catholic Church from 5th January 269 to 274. He was the successor of Pope Dionysius. He responded by letter to the Synod of Antioch, reiterating the doctrine of the Trinity. He erected a basilica on the Via Aurelia, and made provision for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass over the tombs of the martyrs in the crypts of the catacombs and in basilicas built for this purpose. Since he courageously supported the faithful persecuted under Emperor Aurelian, he was martyred for the Faith in 274 and buried in the catacomb of St Callistus on 30th December.

PRAYER:

Eternal Shepherd, look with favour upon your flock. Safeguard and shelter it forevermore through the intercession of blessed Felix, your Martyr and Supreme Pontiff, whom you constituted shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord…

 

 

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ST JOHN, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST

ST JOHN, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST

ST JOHN, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 27

The author of the Fourth Gospel, the Apocalypse, and three Epistles, John was son of Zebedee, and one of the three (with Peter and James) who were closest to the Lord, present at the Transfiguration, the Agony in the Garden, the raising of the daughter of Jairus. He is the “beloved disciple” referred to in the gospels.

PRAYER:

God our Father,

you have revealed the mysteries of your Word

through John the apostle.

By prayer and reflection

may we come to understand the wisdom he taught.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ…

 

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BLESSED WILLIAM OF FENOGLIO, RELIGIOUS

BLESSED WILLIAM OF FENOGLIO, RELIGIOUS

BLESSED WILLIAM OF FENOGLIO, RELIGIOUS – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 19

Born in 1065 in the diocese of Mondovi, Italy, blessed William of Fenoglio was attracted to the religious life from an early age. For several years he lived as a hermit not far from his birthplace.

HE JOINED THE CARTHUSIANS

Later, he moved to to the Charterhouse of Casotto where he joined the Carthusians as a lay brother, observing the rule of obedience, piety and charity. Deeply prayerful and always hard working in the in- and outdoors, he is depicted with a leg of a mule in his hand, which he used to defend himself when set upon by robbers, and which he miraculously reattached to his beast of burden after the brigands had been driven away. The patron saint of Carthusians, he died at Casotto around 1120. His body remained incorrupt.

PRAYER:

O God, greatness of the meek and humble, grant, we beseech you, that, through Blessed William’s intercession and example, we may walk the path of evangelical simplicity towards the kingdom promised to little ones. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…

 

 

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ST LUCY, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST LUCY, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST LUCY, VIRGIN AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 13

St Lucy, a virgin at Syracuse, illustrious by birth and because of her Christian faith, went to the tomb of Blessed Agatha at Catania and obtained the cure of her mother Eutychia, who had been suffering from an issue of blood. Soon she begged from her mother all the goods which she was to receive for her dowry and distributed them to the poor.

SHE DISTRIBUTED HER DOWRY TO THE POOR

When it was reported to Paschasius the prefect that she was a Christian, neither flattery nor threats could induce her to sacrifice to idols. Then Paschasius, inflamed with anger, ordered Lucy to be dragged to a place where her virginity would be violated; but by the power of God the virgin stood so firmly that no force was able to move her.

SHE STOOD SO FIRMLY THAT NO FORCE COULD MOVE HER

The prefect then commanded a fire to be kindled about her; but since no flame injured her, she was tortured by many torments, and her throat was pierced with a sword. After receiving this wound, she foretold the peace which the Church would enjoy after the death of Diocletian and Maximian. On the Ides of December, she yielded her soul to God. Her body was buried at Syracuse, then at Constantinople, and finally it was transferred to Venice.

PRAYER:

Hear us, O God, our Saviour, that, as we rejoice on the feast of blessed Lucy, your Virgin and Martyr, so we may grow in love and devotion. Through our Lord…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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