Saint Agatha endured a lot for her Christian faith. Her resilience to hardships and her ability to recover fast from the martyrdom and torture she suffered made her a great inspiration for nurses who go through a lot in caring for their patients. And because of that, she has been called the patron saint of nurses and of victims of sexual assaults, breast cancer patients, and bell makers.
If you are currently struggling with something at work or you know someone in need of a prayer to Saint Agatha, here’s a collection you can use. We hope that one of the below prayers will resonate with you and help bring you assistance and comfort.
A Prayer to St Agatha, for Nurses
Dear Virgin and Martyr, whom the Church recalls in her liturgy, you heroically resisted the temptations of a degenerate ruler. Subjected to long and horrible tortures, you remained faithful to your heavenly Spouse. Saint Peter, we are told, gave you some solace and so you are invoked by nurses. Encourage them to see Christ in the sick and to render true service to them. Amen.
A Prayer for Intercession
Lord God, you showered heavenly gifts on the virgin Agatha. Hear the prayers of those who recall her devoted life and who ask her to intercede for them in their necessity.
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Help us to imitate her virtue during our earthly life and enjoy eternal happiness with her in heaven. Amen.
A Prayer to St. Agatha
O Heavenly Father, who raised Agatha to the dignity of Sainthood, we implore Your Divine Majesty by her intercession to give us health of mind, body and soul. Free us from all those things which hold us bound to this earth, and let our spirit, like hers, rise to your heavenly courts. Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You, forever. Amen.
A Prayer for A Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul
O Heavenly Father,
who raised Agatha to the dignity of sainthood,
we implore Your Divine Majesty by her intercession
to give us health of mind, body and soul.
Free us from all those things which hold us bound to this earth,
and let our spirit, like hers, rise to your heavenly courts.
Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you, forever. Amen.
A Prayer for Nurses
Dear Virgin and Martyr,
whom the Church recalls in her liturgy,
you heroically resisted the temptations
of a degenerate ruler.
Subjected to long and horrible tortures,
you remained faithful to your heavenly Spouse.
Saint Peter, we are told,
gave you some solace and so you are invoked by nurses.
Encourage them to see Christ in the sick
and to render true service to them.
A Prayer for Bravery
Dear St. Agatha, you are a woman possessing tremendous courage. Your faith alone reflects the vastness of skies. You endured pain and suffering because your Heavenly faith is greater than any worldly afflictions. Your selflessness crushed down any desires. Your strength and your resolve to serve God prevailed over intimidations, threats, torture, and even death. We pray that you impart to us your bravery and your benevolence. Amen.
A Prayer for Guidance
St. Agatha, you are the patron saint of people who suffer, because you know suffering too well. You suffered because your faith had a steadfast place in your heart and no tortures of man could make you disavow your love for God. You are mighty as you are gentle. We, nurses, pray that you shower us with your strength. Guide us when we are lost in the darkness of suffering. This we pray in the name of Jesus, amen.
A Nurse’s Prayer to St. Agatha
St. Agatha, you are an inspiration to us nurses. Your eternal devotion, your undying faith, and your unbelievable power to withstand pain and fear bring us light and hope amidst every agony we witness every day. Please protect us from the mental, emotional, and physical hazards of our vocation. Lead us the way to find peace and courage as we help those who need us, just like how God had led you to find your place in Heaven. Amen.
A Prayer for Special Intention
O glorious Saint Agatha, through whose intercession in Christ I hope for the restored health of body and soul hasten to lead me to the true Good, God alone. By your intercession O blessed Agatha, may I ever enjoy your protection by faithfully witnessing to Christ. You invite all who come to you to enjoy the treasure of communion with the Holy Trinity. Moreover, if it be for God’s greater glory and the good of my person, please intercede for me with the request of [mention request here].
Saint Agatha, you found favor with God by your chastity and by your courage in suffering death for the gospel. Teach me how to suffer with cheerfulness, uniting myself to Christ crucified with a simplicity and purity of heart. Amen.
Saint Agatha, eloquent witness of Jesus Christ as Savior, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, the martyr who says to Jesus, “possess all that I am,” pray for us.
Saint Agatha, concerned with the welfare of all God’s children, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Prayer to St. Agatha for Healing of Breast Cancer
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 the NAME(S) 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 MENTION YOUR REQUEST, 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. Amen.
A Prayer for Protection
O Saint Agatha, who withstood the unwelcome advances from unwanted suitors, and suffered pain and torture for your devotion to our Lord, we celebrate your faith, dignity, and martyrdom.
Protect us against rape and other violations, guard us against breast cancer and other afflictions of the body, and inspire us to overcome adversity.
O Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr, mercifully grant that we who venerate your sacrifice may receive your intercession:
We pray for the greater glory of God and the good of our soul. Amen.
Prayer of Faith
Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us Your martyr, St. Agatha, as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the love of You she showed in choosing to pursue the vocation of consecrated virginity from a young age. St. Agatha, you chose to make a vow of virginity and consecrate yourself to God when you were just fifteen years old. You must have known that this path was not an easy one, since you lived in a society that was hostile to Christianity. But you desired to dedicate yourself to God. Please bring my petitions before God Whom you longed to serve! You held fast to your vow of virginity, your vocation, and your Faith, despite many sufferings. Pray for me, that I may hold fast to my Faith no matter the cost. Pray that I may be zealous in my desire to serve God, as you were. Amen.