St Bernard’s Church in Abbeylara will host the Relic of St Peregrine this Saturday night in the picturesque north Longford parish.
The Relic is regarded, the world over, as one that holds great healing powers, and has been brought from Rome to north Longford for the occasion.
The night will centre around healing, because St Peregrine is the patron saint of cancer sufferers. The event kicks off at 7:30pm with Mass. This will be followed by adoration, and healing prayers will then commence with Fr Campbell and local men, Pat Clarke and Tommy Doyle, who will bless those in attendance with the Relic and pray with them.
An opportunity will also be made available for participants to attend confession and the Relic will be on display throughout the evening.
As November is a special month in the Catholic calender, prayers will also be said on the night for the Holy Souls.
“Everyone is very welcome to come along to this very special healing evening in Abbeylara,” one of the organisers told the Leader. “It promises to be a special night of graces, not to he missed.”
St Peregrine was born in Forli, Italy around 1265. At the time, Forli was governed by the Pope as part of the Papal States and Peregrine grew up in a family which was actively involved in the opposition or anti-papal party. Forli was a stronghold of anti-papal party activism.
Because of this anti-papal political activity, the city was under the church penalty of interdict.
As a result, Mass and the Sacraments could not be celebrated in the city and St Philip Benizi, the Prior General of the Servants of Mary, was sent to Forli to preach the reconciliation of the city and the removal of the penalty.
Young Peregrine was so intense in his political fervour that he heckled Philip during the preaching and at one point Peregrine struck St Philip.
The moment of striking St Philip seemed to drastically change Peregrine and he began to channel his energies into good works, eventually joining the Servants of Mary.
He especially dedicated himself to the sick, the poor and the fringe people of society and was canonised on December 27, 1726. He has subsequently been named the Patron Saint for those who suffer from cancer.