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Prayer to St. Roch

ST. ROCH (Protector against plague)

St. Roch was born of devout parents at Montpellier in France during the 14th Century. When his parents died, Roch gave away all his possessions to the poor and then walked to Rome on pilgrimage. During his journey, he encountered many towns suffering from the plague and Roch cured the people by prayer and the Sign of the Cross. Returning from Rome he himself caught the plague while ministering to the sick and he recovered from the plague. Statues of the Saint depict with a “sore” on his knee. Devotion to St. Roch spread throughout Europe and beyond, especially during times of plague. A Church in honour of St. Roch was built at Glasgow in 1506 and although destroyed at the Reformation, another was opened near the original site in 1907. Let us seek St. Roch’s intercession against the Coronavirus pandemic and pray……

Prayer to St. Roch

O Blessed Saint Roch, 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)

St. Roch, pray for us,
that we may be preserved from

all diseases of body and soul.  (x3)