Prayer To St Andrew Avellino

Saint Andrew Avellino is the patron saint of stomach diseases and injuries. According to legend, Andrew was the bishop of Benevento in Campania, Italy, in the 13th century. He once lived a lavish lifestyle and maintained many concubines. He felt that he had enough wealth and power that he did not need God in his life, and was convinced in his own ability to obtain wealth and success.

Andrew Avellino, who heals the sick and gives them health again, I beg You to be gracious to me, a sinner. Grant that for my long and tedious sickness, You will incline the heart of doctors to have pity on me and to have compassion for me; that they may prescribe for me the remedies which may best expel this disease from my body. And if there is any cure for it in medicine or herbs, may You hasten the hour and give me health quickly.

Lord and Father of all, Thou who dost grant perseverance and patience to them that ask for it in truth,more especially to him who pitieth Thee in Spirit and in Truth; behold me before Thy presence, which hath no equal. O Lord! despise not Thou my prayer nor my sighs, in which, at the invocation of Thine only begotten Son my Lord Jesus Christ, I, who am the most unprofitable servant, have recourse to Thee with confidence. The wisdom is great; but it is willingly taught by him who knoweth all things.

I will pray the St Andrew Avellino prayer. I will ask St Andrew Avellino to protect my family and me. I will beg St Andrew Avellino to help us through our problems. I need someone to talk to, someone who can hear me. I need someone else to listen.

Prayer To St Andrew Avellino

St. Andrew Avellino was born at Castro Nuovo, in the kingdom of Naples. To fear God and to avoid sin, were the maxims which his mother, from early childhood, implanted deep into his heart, and which became the rule of his entire life. While he studied at Senise, a lady sought to attract him by several presents which she sent him, but the chaste youth accepted not her gifts, and sent her word saying that she should trouble him no more, and might rest assured that he would rather die than consent to any evil. On another occasion when he was enticed to sin, he fled like the chaste Joseph. To escape similar temptations, he determined to become a priest, and was ordained after he had finished his studies.

For some time he devoted himself to the practice of Canon Law in the ecclesiastical courts; until one day, in the heat of his argument, a trivial lie escaped him. Soon after, while reading the holy Scriptures, the words, ” The mouth that lieth, killeth the soul,” came under his eyes, and his repentance was such that, from that moment, he renounced his profession in order to escape from the danger of offending God, and gave himself entirely to the sacred ministry. By associating frequently with the religious of the Theatine Order, he conceived the desire of joining their number, which he did in 1556. It was on this occasion that he took the name of Andrew, in honor of the holy Apostle of that name, after whose example he desired to suffer much for the glory of God.

His eminent virtues induced his superiors to make him Master of Novices, though he had been only five years in the Order, and afterwards to charge him with the administration of several houses. He attended to all his duties to the greatest benefit of those under him. Besides the usual vows, he imposed upon himself two more. The first of these was to work continually against his own inclinations; the second, to make continual progress in perfection. The fervent love he bore to God and men induced him to employ all his leisure moments in prayer and in laboring for the salvation of souls. Before entering into religion, he had been accustomed to give six hours daily to prayer, but as he could not, as a religious, spare so much time during the day, he took a part of the night for this sacred duty. He benefited mankind much by preaching and hearing confessions. He reformed many a hardened sinner, restrained others from falling again, reconciled embittered minds, and led numberless souls to heaven.

God manifested more than once, by miracles, how agreeable the endeavors of the Saint were to Him. One night as he returned home, with his companion, from the house of a sick man whose confession he had heard, a violent storm extinguished the light that was carried before them ; but then such a brightness emanated from the Saint’s body that the way was made clear through the darkness, whilst, at the same time, neither he nor his companion was touched by the rain. Many similar events, as also the frequent visions of Saints, the gifts of prophecy and of reading the hearts of men, but above all the many examples of heroic virtue which he gave to others, won for St. Andrew the highest regard. St. Charles Borromeo, the holy Cardinal, esteemed him greatly, and made use of his zeal on many occasions.

Notwithstanding this, the holy man had so low an opinion of himself, that he regarded as nothing his great and arduous labors to further the honor of God and the salvation of souls; looked upon himself as a great sinner, and frequently evinced great fear in regard to his salvation. ” If they,” said he, ” must regard themselves as useless servants, who have done all their duty, what must I do, who have done so small a part of what I ought to have done?” Sometimes he would look up to heaven and sigh: “Will that magnificent mansion of the blessed spirits allow the entrance of one so miserable, despicable and sinful as I am?”

From this fear, however, he was afterwards freed by a comforting vision. St. Augustine and St. Thomas of Aquin, both of whom he honored as patrons, appeared to him, consoled him, and promised him their aid, especially in that hour on which eternity depends. Andrew, taking heart, asked them whether he would enjoy eternal life? The answer was as follows: ” The time of thy salvation has not come yet. But as in life everything is doubtful and uncertain, follow our advice: struggle, with the greatest perseverance, on the battle-field of virtue, as thou hast done till now; and thus thou wilt gather a treasure of merit, and God will not close to thee the gates of heaven.” With these words the Saint consoled himself, and not only continued his zeal in the practice of virtue, but increased it daily.

 Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 O most glorious saint, whom God has made our protector against apoplexy, seeing that thou thyself didst die of that disease, we earnestly pray thee to preserve us from an evil so dangerous and so common. Pater, Ave, Gloria.

 V. By the intercession of St Andrew, stricken with apoplexy.

R. From a sudden and unprovided death deliver us, O Lord. 

Prayer To St Andrew Avellino

O most glorious saint,
whom God has made our protector against apoplexy,
seeing that you yourself did die of that disease,
we earnestly pray to you to preserve us
from an evil so dangerous and so common.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…

By the intercession of St Andrew, stricken with apoplexy,
From a sudden and unprovoked death,
Deliver us, O Lord.

O most glorious saint,
if ever by the just judgment of God
we should be stricken with apoplexy,
we earnestly beseech you to obtain for us
time enough to receive the Last Sacraments
and die in the grace of God.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…

By the intercession of St Andrew, stricken with apoplexy,
From a sudden and unprovoked death,
Deliver us, O Lord.

O most glorious saint,
who didst endure, before dying, a terrible agony,
through the assaults of the devil,
from which the Blessed Virgin and St. Michael delivered you,
we earnestly beseech you to assist us
in the tremendous moment of our death.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…

By the intercession of St Andrew, stricken with apoplexy,
From a sudden and unprovoked death,
Deliver us, O Lord.

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St Andrew,
Pray for us.

St Andrew,
Pray for us.

St Andrew,
Pray for us.

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