As usual, it was rather dark in the church. The painting above the altar shows St. Peregrine being healed by Christ; he is patron saint of cancer patients because he himself was healed from cancer. You can also see the large frames filled with silver ex votos on either side of the painting: it appears that the prayers of many who sought the saint’s intercession here were answered.
This chapel is located in the Church of St. Marcellus on the Corso (San Marcello al Corso), just around the corner from where I live. That is the same church that has this gorgeous ceiling that I recently posted about (the first of the two ceilings in that post).
Tell you what: we all know people who have cancer and are seeking a cure, or who have survived it and are praying that it never comes back. Why don’t we take up a collection of prayer intentions for those people? Send them to me using the form below; I will print them all on single sheet, bring them to this chapel, pray for them there, and then leave the sheet on the altar. I plan to do so before Ash Wednesday, so send in your intentions soon.
UPDATE MARCH 1, 2014: Thank you to the 25 people who sent in a total of 73 names for my prayer list. I will go to the church, to the altar of St. Peregrine, and remember them soon. I am also adding some of my own names (family, friends, et al.) to the list.