Septenary In Honor of Saint Pegrine (as taken from "Behold Thy Mother")

Septenary in honor of St. Peregrine Laziosi

A religious of the Servite Order renowned for his penitential life and patience. Invoked in diseases of legs. Died 1345. [Editor’s note: Saint Peregrine, who was born in 1260, was cured of cancer when he had Our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ stretched out His hand from a Cross to touch the Servite’s afflicted leg. It is thus that Saint Peregrine Laziosi is known as the patron of those stricken with cancer.]

Feast May 2nd

V. Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the heart of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.

R And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

V. Remember Thy congregation.

R. Which Thou hast possessed from the beginning.

V. O, Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. The Lord be with you.



R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray

Enlighten our minds, we beseech Thee, O Lord, with the light of Thy brightness, that we may see what we ought to do, and be able to do what is right. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

FIRST DAY – April 25th

O GLORIOUS Saint Peregrine, model of all perfect virtue, who so promptly didst answer the divine call, leaving at once the honors, comforts, and riches of the world, when, prostrate before the image of Mary in the Cathedral of Forli craving her powerful protection, thou wert called by her to become her Servant; obtain for me, I beseech thee, an understanding heart, yielding to all the inspirations of God, that detached from all the goods and pleasures of the world, I may ever be ready to fulfil the divine Will.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

The Hymn and Prayer, as below.

SECOND DAY – April 26th

O FORTUNATE Saint Peregrine, who, by thy readiness and fervor in answering the divine call, didst merit to receive an angel as thy guide on thy way to Siena, whither thou wert going to beg admission amongst the Servants of Mary; obtain for me, I beseech thee, that I may be assisted by my good angel in all my works, and be enlightened, directed, and guided by him on my way to eternal life.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

The Hymn and Prayer, as below

THIRD DAY – April 27th

HOW pleasing to Heaven, O great Saint Peregrine, was the sacrifice which thou didst make of thy soul and body to God, by embracing evangelical poverty and renouncing thine own will and the pleasures of sense, in the religious life! God deigned to show how well pleased He was in thee, and how great was thy fervor when receiving the sacred livery of the Servants of Mary, by causing a miraculous ball of fire to stand visibly  above thine head, and emblem of that eminent sanctity which thou wouldst shine in the Church of Jesus Christ. Obtain for me, I beseech thee, O great Saint, a share of that holy fire, to consume in me all earthly affection, that I may seek nothing and desire nothing but the love of my God.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

The Hymn and Prayer, as below.

FOURTH DAY – April 28th

O FAITHFUL Servant of Mary, how generously thou didst persevere unto the end in the way of virtue and holiness! Instant in prayer, rigid in fast and abstinence, stern to bring thy body under subjection thou didst become to thy brethren a living example of penance. Repenting once for all the sins of thy youth and thy ignorances, thou didst afterwards so abhor sin, that thou didst merit to live ever pure and without stain to the end of thy days on earth. May I imitate thee, O great Saint, and truly contrite for my grievous sins, may I obtain, through thine intercession, mercy and pardon from God, and grace never more to be subdued by my evil passions; that, constant in my resolve always to serve my God, I may continue faithful unto death, and win the crown of life.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

The Hymn and Prayer, as below

FIFTH DAY – April 29th

O SAINT unconquered in patience, who didst bear without a murmur the contradictions and insults of men, and not content with thy rigorous penances, didst ask for greater sufferings, and enduredst in silence the acute pain of an incurable wound granted in answer to thy prayer; how lovingly did thy crucified Savior reward thy faith and long suffering, when by a miracle unheard of before, He healed thy cruel wound, touching it with His divine hand ! Obtain for me, I beseech thee, that I too, exercising myself in patience and in the mortification of my senses, may so expiate my sins, that I may share in those consolations which thou dost enjoy in Paradise.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

The Hymn and Prayer, as below.


O HOLY apostle Saint Peregrine, full of zeal for the conversion of sinners, and never wearied in preaching the divine word, thou didst bring them back to penance and promote the honor and glory of God in all the land, the Lord working withal and confirming the word with signs and miracles. Obtain, I beseech thee, that, not content with working out mine own sanctification, I may seek also to sanctify my neighbor by good example, by incessant prayer, and brotherly counsel. Happy me, if I could thus promote the glory of God on earth, and have my part with thee and all the Saints in the eternal glory of heaven!

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.

The Hymn and Prayer, as below


Great the virtues which he showed,

He whose brow with glory glowed,

When God's Mother gave him grace

'Mid her own to find his place.


To the cross he firmly clung,

Wept the wounds that Jesus wrung,

Mary's Sorrows fired his heart,

Till he shared her bitter smart.


Herald he of words that win

Hardened sinners back from sin,

Robber bands he drew by love,

Suppliants of Heaven above.


Did the poor his bounty crave,

Largess beyond hope he gave;

For, as once at Jesus touch,

Scanty food was turned to much.


He, whatever pains oppressed,

Never laid him down to rest;

Standing, fasting, worked for God,

Bruised his body with the rod.


When his limb in peril stood,

Christ, in pity, from the rood

Reached His hand and all the wound

Healed, the flesh grew sweet and sound.


Glory, laud, and honor be

To Three in One and One in Three:

May His servant aid to bring

Us to heaven to see the King.


V.Pray for us, Saint Peregrine,

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

O GOD, who gavest to blessed Peregrine an Angel for his companion, the Mother of God for mistress, and Jesus for the Physician of his ulcer; 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 for ever. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

A PRAYER to Saint Peregrine

O GLORIOUS Saint Peregrine, true model of conversion to God, when once thou didst give thyself to Him, thou becamest so steadfast in His service that no scorn could shake thy constancy, so fervent that thou didst spend long hours in prayer, so devout to the Queen of heaven that she appeared to thee and called thee to join the Order of Servants; and when a religious, not satisfied with a most penitential life, thou wert constantly entreating thy crucified Savior to make thee partaker of His sufferings, and He, in answer to thy prayer, sent thee a most painful ulcer, which thou didst bear with heroic patience, thus deserving that He Himself, stretching out His hand from the cross, should cure thee most wonderfully.

Obtain for me, I beseech thee, to return at last from my wicked way, and do penance for my sins, and henceforward to lead a life holy and fervent. May I also, after thy example, love most tenderly my crucified Redeemer, and for love of Him bear patiently all the tribulations, sufferings, and infirmities which may befall me. And when life is over, may I, like thee, who wast called to thy reward by Mary herself and thy father Saint Philip, die the death of the faithful servants of Mary, assisted by her, and by thyself, my loving Protector. Amen

As taken from: The Servite Manual: BEHOLD THY MOTHER: A Collection of Devotions Chiefly in Honor of OUR LADY OF SORROWS, pp. 333-338,  published originally in 1947 by the Servite Fathers and republished by Refuge of Sinners Publishing, Inc., with the permission secured by the Gauvin and Sentman families, who funded the printing of the first two hundred copies. The republished books, which are very beautifully printed with a larger print size than the original while retaining the same pagination, are available for $10.00 plus shipping from: Although not listed  on the Refuge of Sinners Publishing, inquiries may be made of this firm at Joyful Catholic, as to how to order copies, which I am informed cost $15.99 plus shipping. Please do pray for the Sentman and Gauvin families who took the initiative to have this great spiritual treasure republished.