I got a call from someone Sunday Morning. Their wife’s sisters brother had been diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately the driver meant to take him to the hospital appointment Wednesday could not do it and had other plans. I was asked if I would do it and without hesitation I agreed. I happened to be going to Dublin that same day for a Medical which was at 12pm. His appointment was at 11am so it all came together nicely.
Hanging up the phone I get in my car and go to my mothers for something. While there I relate to them what had taken place. My mother said, “That’s strange. Your uncle was here just yesterday. He gave us this special Holy Oil known as St.Peregrines Oil. It’s an oil especially used for cancer patients as St.Peregrine himself died of Cancer.
From that moment onwards, I began to sense the Lords organizational skills at work. Wednesday morning came and I picked him up at his house. He was a family man with many kids. He had everything going for him so it was understandable how a diagnosis such as this would make a significant negative impact for everyone involved.
I didn’t quite know what to say and didn’t know how responsive he would be to the suggestion of Divine intervention. That morning I packed into my car the Holy oil and a medal of St.Benedict. I also took with me my St.Benedicts Crucifix and a prayer from the Greek Ritual for exorcisms. It’s O.K for laity to pray this over someone else as it’s only a prayer of deliverance. Fr.Gabriel Amorth (Chief exorcist for the Vatican) mentions them in his book on exorcism as prayers the lay faithful can use to pray over others. He explained that any Christian person can cast out demons, just not the tough ones which are often left to the care of the Church.
We get to Dublin and I drop him off at the hospital. I park up but I’ve got an hour to kill before my medical. I decided to walk a bit around the city and then went into a religious shop. I looked at the rosaries thinking, “Why am I here? I already have so many they’re coming out of my ears. I’d get my wife one but she’s the same.” I was about to move away to a different section and as I turned the rosary of St.Peregrine caught my eye. I took it as a sign and so I bought it for him in addition to a booklet full of healing prayers.
Coming out of the shop I still had some time to kill so I wandered the City again and where did God lead me? To a Church. I went inside for five minutes and it was basically empty. Adoration taking place on the altar. I fell to my knees and begged the Lord for Mercy for Mr.X and his healing.
I then did my bit and got my pre medical done for the upcoming Bus Job. They asked me the usual Covid questions and then investigated my health history not to mention my family members. I had a conversation with the nurse about my music history. I don’t know how that happened but I told her where to find a song of mine on YouTube.
I told her to type “Stephen McElligott, She Blew Me Away” into YouTube and she’ll find it. I gave her some advice about writing songs because she asked. I told her that your first songs will always be crap, so my advice is that write through the rubbish and wade through the sewage of uncreative lyrics and eventually you’ll come out clean on the other side one day and write a good one.
After the medical had finished it was time to pick up Mr.X. On the way home I told him I’d like to give him the oil and if he would be O.K with it say a prayer of deliverance over him. To my surprise he admitted he wasn’t much of a Church goer but agreed to it. Men always get a little tense whenever religion is mentioned because in our masculine world, religion is considered a sign of weakness. When we got to his house I did it inside the car.
I blessed him with the Holy Oil the traditional eastern way saying the prayer to St.Peregrine beforehand. I took my Saint Benedict Cross, placed it on his forehead and recited a special prayer of deliverance from the Greek Ritual. During this prayer of deliverance, my phone began to hop and ring like crazy. The devil was not happy and he often uses the ignorance of others to interrupt important moments like this. It was my own fault for not seeing ahead of time and switching it off.
We ignored the phone call and I prayed through it not allowing the devil to delay the already inevitable. Although the love of Gods presence was stronger, it was difficult to ignore the devils rage during this prayer. I gave him his little bag of Holy Oil, St.Benedicts medal, rosary and a book I’d bought him and sent him home. I told him to call on me anytime he needed a lift and if I was available I’d be happy to take him.
Cancer is a serious illness and as I related to him in the car up and back, me and my wife know the sorrow of a family having to go through it. I think it comforted him to know that someone had already been through it and so he became inquisitive as to how we handled it. I told him all we did was pray and hope. The storm was in full swing but eventually, I was assured by a woman whom Jesus speaks to, Jesus will calm the raging waters and all will be well again.
Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry.
Prayer from the Greek Ritual
Kyrie eleison – (Lord have Mercy). God, our Lord, King of ages, All powerful and Almighty, you who made everything and who transform everything simply by your will. You who in Babylon changed into dew the flames of the “seven times hotter” furnace and protected and saved the three holy children.
You are the doctor and the physician of our soul. You are the salvation of those who turn to you. We beseech you to make powerless, banish, and drive out every diabolic power, presence, and machination, every evil influence, Malefice, or evil eye and all evil actions aimed against your servant — (Name), where there is envy and malice. Give us an abundance of goodness, endurance, victory, and charity.
O Lord, you who love man, we beg you to reach out your powerful hands and your most high and mighty arms and come to our aid. Help us, who are made in your image, send the angel of peace over us, to protect us body and soul. May he keep at bay and vanquish every evil power, every
poison or malice invoked against us by corrupt and envious people. Then, under the protection of your authority may we sing, in gratitude, “The Lord is my salvation, whom should I fear? I will not fear evil because you are with me, my God, my strength, my powerful Lord, Lord of peace, Father of all ages”.
Yes, Lord our God, be merciful to us, your image, and save your servant — (Name), from every threat or harm from the evil one, and protect him by raising him above all evil. We ask you this through the intercession of our Most Blessed, Glorious Lady, Mary ever Virgin, Mother of God, of the most splendid archangels and all your saints. Amen!