Novena to St. Rocco


St. Rocco is the patron saint of plague and pestilence, having survived one himself and receiving a reputation as a heavenly aid in the time of these awful tragedies. I found the following novena prayer from Catholic Doors and invite you to pray it with me for the next 9 days, that the world will find safety from the swine flu. If you need to use this novena for any other reason, please do.

O Blessed San Roque,
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.


(Repeat the following 3 times)

San Roque, pray for us,
That we may be preserved
From all diseases of body and soul.

For more on St. Rocco, visit the St. Rocco Society, which is where I found the image.