St. Roch Healing Medal Holy Card MC020
Saint Roch was born in 1295 at Montpellier, France, the son of an elderly governor and his wife. They obtained his birth by prayers and a promise to give to God the child He would grant them. Miraculously, Roch was born with a red cross on his chest, the sign of a very particular predestination.
Orphaned at age 20, Roch joined the Third Order of Saint Francis and cared for victims of the plague in Rome, Italy. He performed many miraculous healings by making the sign of the Cross until he became a plague victim himself. Roch returned to Montpellier and retreated into the forest to die, but instead was befriended by a dog who brought him food until he recovered. When Roch returned to town, he was arrested for being a spy and was jailed for five years. He never mentioned his noble connections and was cared for by an angel until his death.
He died in 1327 while still in prison and was canonized 100 years after his death.
Saint Roch is recognized today as the patron of those suffering from a contagious disease. His feast day is August 16th.
Saint Roch, Pray for Us. — Paper/Oxidized Metal — Card: (closed) 2 1/2" W x 4" H; (open) 5" W x 4" H; Medal: 1" H
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