St. Roch Novena for the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic


It is time to pray for intercession for our world in the midst of the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. Whether the panic is justified or not, praying for the sick is always a good thing to do. It's a Spiritual Work of Mercy!

This was shared by my daughter's Catholic Elementary school. Thanks, Catholic education!

First, a little background on St. Roch ...


St. Roch - Background and Biography

St. Roch was marked with a red cross on his chest at birth. When his parents died he inherited great wealth which he gave to the poor. St. Roch also devoted his life to helping the plague-stricken and sick.

St. Roch's miraculous powers were well-known, as was his birthmark turned trademark. He cured with the "Sign of the Cross".

During a 14th century plague in Italy, St. Roch came upon one of the most affected towns. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, St. Roch “devoted himself to the plague-stricken, curing them with the sign of the cross. He next visited Cesena and other neighboring cities and then Rome. Everywhere the terrible scourge disappeared before his miraculous power.”

Read more about St. Roch's powerful intercession for plague-victims here.

Saint Roch, in Pinacoteca Vaticana

After St. Roch's death, the following occurred, according to the Golden Legend:

... Anon an angel brought from heaven a table divinely written with letters of gold into the prison, which he laid under the head of S. Rocke. And in that table was written that God had granted to him his prayer, that is to wit, that who that calleth meekly to S. Rocke he shall not be hurt with any hurt of pestilence.

St. Roch is the patron saint of invalids and maybe, one day, those inflicted with the flu or coronavirus. His feast day is August 16.

The St. Roch Novena for Plague, Pestilence, and now Covid-19

Say this prayer: 

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 no less. Offer to God our sighs and tears and obtain for us the physical and spiritual health we week:

Share you request here ... 

This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Roch: Pray for us, that we may be relieved from all diseases of body and soul.
(Repeat three times)

Lord Jesus, may thy will be done.
Lord Jesus, Divine physician, Have mercy on us.
(Repeat three times)

Pray the following: Our Father ... Hail Mary ... Glory Be ...

Repeat each day for nine days

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