Official Prayer of the Group to Saint Roch
San Roque Patron of the sick have pity on those who lie upon the bed of suffering, Your power was so great when you were in this world by the sign of the cross many were healed on their diseases. Now you are in heaven your power is not less, offer then to God our sight and tears and obtain for us the health we seek through Christ our Lord Amen.
Official Prayer of the Group for the poor
We lift up to you the poor and the marginalized.
We know that these are your cherished ones, that you are a God whose heart cries out for justice, that you are a God who longs to feed the hungry. We ask simply, Lord, that you give us your heart.
Fill us Lord with your compassion, give us your eyes to see, give us boldness and selflessness and wisdom, so that we too might cry out for justice and feed the hungry, so that your light might shine throughout the earth.
Lord, we especially lift up the children among us who are poor and marginalized, finding themselves in circumstances they did not choose and helpless to change. We lift up AIDS orphans, children of war, children suffering abuse and neglect, children smitten with malnutrition an disease, lacking education, housing or the most basic of life’s necessities. Might they somehow come to know the love of their Creator, who knows each hair on their head and collects their tears.
Lord, you know every wretched tale. Every overwhelming statistic, you know personally, one by one. Thank you that one day you will make all things right through your Son, Jesus Christ.
Until that day, let us be tireless in doing what is good and what is right unto the least of these, knowing the Father’s love for them.
Other Prayers to Saint Roch
Dear mendicant Pilgrim, you once took care of sufferers from the plague and were always ready to help others by kind service and fervent prayers. You yourself had no home and you died in a dungeon. No wonder countless invalids have confidently invoked your help. Please grant a cure to this patient, N., and help us all become spiritually healthy. Amen.
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O great St. Rocco, deliver us, we beseech thee, from the scourges of God;
through thy intercession, preserve our bodies from contagious diseases,
and our souls from the contagion of sin.
Obtain for us salubrious air; but, above all, purity of heart.
Assist us to make good use of health, to bear sufferings with patience;
and, after thy example, to live in the practice of penance and charity,
that we may one day enjoy the happiness which thou has merited
by thy virtues.
St. Rocco, pray for us. (3 times)