This is such a beautiful prayer!
Feb. 5 is the feast of St. Agatha, the patron saint of breast cancer patients.
We remember St. Agatha as a third-century martyr. Roman Emperor Decius required that all citizens make sacrifices to false gods or face death.
Agatha chose the latter.
However, one of the magistrates said that if he had sex with her, he would dismiss her charges. She refused, and was therefore, punished. They threw her in prison, tortured and beat her, and cut off her breasts.
In the midst of this suffering, she said, “Cruel man, have you forgotten your mother and the breast that nourished you, that you dare to mutilate me this way?”
This is why the Church remembers her as the patron saint of breast cancer sufferers.
Prayer to St. Agatha, Patroness of Breast Cancer Patients
St. Agatha, woman of valor,
from your own suffering we have been moved
to ask your prayers for those of us who suffer from breast cancer.
We place (person’s name) before you,
and ask you to intercede on their behalf.
From where you stand in the health of life eternal,
all wounds healed,
and all tears wiped away,
pray for (prayer intention),
and all of us.
Pray God will give us His holy benediction of health and healing.
And, we remember you were a victim of torture
and that you learned, first hand,
of human cruelty and inhumanity.
We ask you to pray for our entire world.
Ask God to enlighten us
with a “genius for peace and understanding.”
Ask Him to send us His Spirit of Serenity,
and ask Him to help us share
that peace with all we meet.
From what you learned
from your own path of pain,
ask God to give us the Grace we need
to remain holy in difficulties,
not allowing our anger
or our bitterness to overtake us.
Pray that we will be more peaceful and more charitable.
And from your holy pace in our mystical body, the Church,
pray that we, in our place and time will, together,
create a world of justice and peace.