Saint Rita of Cascia
TRADITIONAL PRAYER TO SAINT RITA
O Holy Patroness of those in
Rita, whose pleadings before thy Divine Lord are almost irresistible, who for thy
lavishness in granting favors hast been called the Advocate of the
Hopeless and even of the Impossible; St.
Rita, so humble, so pure, so mortified, so patient and of such compassionate love for thy Crucified
Jesus that thou couldst obtain from Him whatsoever thou askest, on account of which all confidently
have recourse to thee expecting, if not always relief, at least comfort; be propitious
to our petition, showing thy power with God on behalf of thy suppliant; be lavish to us, as thou hast
been in so many wonderful cases, for the greater glory of God, for the spreading of thine own devotion,
and for the consolation of those who trust in thee.
We promise, if our petition is
to glorify thee by making know thy favor, to bless and sing thy praises forever. Relying then upon
thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray thee grant that [here mention your
Obtain for us our request.
By thy perfect union with the Divine Will,
Obtain for us our request.
By thy heroic sufferings during thy married life,
By the consolation thou didst experience at the conversion of thy husband,
By the sacrifice of thy children rather than see them grievously offend God,
By the miraculous entrance into the convent,
By thy severe penances and thrice daily bloody scourgings,
By the suffering caused by the wound thou didst receive from the thorn of thy Crucified Savior,
By the Divine love which consumed thy heart,
By that remarkable devotion to the Blessed Sacrament,
on which alone thou didst exist for four years,
By the happiness with which thou didst part from thy trials to join thy Divine Spouse,
By the perfect example thou gavest to people of every state of life.
Pray for us, O holy St. Rita, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY.
O God, Who in Thine infinite tenderness hast vouchsafed to regard the prayer of Thy servant, Blessed Rita, and dost grant to her supplication that which is impossible to human foresight, skill and efforts, in reward of her compassionate love and firm reliance on Thy promise, have pity on our adversity and succor us in our calamities, that the unbeliever may know Thou art the recompense of the humble, the defense of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in Thee, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
NOVENA TO ST. RITA
O holy protectress of those who art in greatest need, thou who shineth as a star of hope in the midst of darkness, blessed Saint Rita, bright mirror of God's grace, in patience and fortitude thou art a model of all the states in life. I unite my will with the will of God through the merits of my Savior Jesus Christ, and in particular through his patient wearing of the crown of thorns, which with tender devotion thou didst daily contemplate. Through the merits of the holy Virgin Mary and thine own graces and virtues, I ask thee to obtain my earnest petition, provided it be for the greater glory of God and my own sanctification. Guide and purify my intention, O holy protectress and advocate, so that I may obtain the pardon of all my sins and the grace to persevere daily, as thou didst in walking with courage, generosity, and fidelity down the path of life. [Mention your request.]
Saint Rita, advocate of the impossible,
There have been Saints who received the favor of dying on a day specially dedicated to the Madonna. St. Rita of Cascia died on a Saturday in the month of May. St. John of the Cross likewise died on a Saturday. St. Jacinto and St. Stanislaus Kostka died on Assumption Day. Blessed Magdalene de Canossa died on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Blessed Stephen Bellesino requested and obtained the favor of dying with a lucid mind while praying the Rosary, and this was on February 2nd, the Feast of Mary’s Purification. St. Gemma Galgani died on Holy Saturday. St. Maximilian M. Kolbe died on August 14th at the time of First Vespers of the Assumption.