Saint Rita (of Cascia) Novena
Feast Day: May 22
O God, in Your infinite tenderness You have been pleased to regard the prayer of Your servant, Rita, and to grant to her supplication that which is impossible to human foresight, skill and effort, as rewards for her compassionate love and firm reliance on Your promises. Have pity on us in times of adversities and comfort us in our calamities, that even the unbelievers may know that You are the recompense of the humble, the defense of the helpless and the strength of those who trust in You. Grant this in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
Saint Rita, full of love for God and mankind, and of compassion for sinners, I consecrate myself entirely to you. I entrust to you the salvation of my soul. May my heart be ever united with yours so that I may hate sin, love God and my neighbor, and reach eternal life together with those whom I love.
Dearest Saint Rita, if what I ask for should not be according to God's will, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul. May I experience the kindness of your motherly heart and the power of your intercession with Jesus during life and at the hour of my death. Amen.
Heavenly Father, You prepared the heart of Saint Rita to be a fitting dwelling place for Your Holy Spirit. By her prayers for us, may our soul become a more worthy temple of Your glory. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.
Glorious Saint Rita, I desire to honor you with a special devotion. I choose you, as my spiritual mother and protectress. To you I entrust my soul and my body, all my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of my family. To you I consecrate my mind, that in all things it may be enlightened by faith; my heart, that you may keep it pure and fill it with love for Jesus, Mary, Joseph and yourself; my will, that like yours, it may always be one with the will of God. Good Saint Rita, filled with love for those who invoke you and with compassion for those who suffer, I confidently place before you my earnest petition/s.
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Glorious Saint Rita, I beg you to help me to master my evil inclinations and temptations, and to avoid all occasions of sin. Obtain for me the grace of never offending God, of fulfilling faithfully all the duties of my state of life, and of practicing all those virtues that are needed for my salvation. Amen.
Glorious Saint Rita, I give myself to your protection that you may always be my mother, my protection, my guide in the ways of holiness and salvation. Aid me in observing the duties of my state of life. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent love of the interior life after your own example.
Great lover of the Blessed Sacrament and the Passion of Jesus Christ, teach me to love the Holy Mass and the Holy Communion as the source of grace and holiness. Grace me with a tender devotion to the Passion of my redeemer. Amen.
Heavenly Father, You continually build up Your Church by the lives of your Saints. Give us grace to follow Saint Rita in her loving concern for the salvation of people and so come to share her reward in Heaven. Walking in the footsteps of this devoted servant of Yours, may we be consumed with zeal for souls and attain the reward she enjoys in Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Saint Rita, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on Earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in Heaven by the Holy Trinity. Teach me how small Earth becomes when viewed from Heaven. Make me realize that death in the triumphant gate through which I shall pass my body to Jesus, shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of Heaven. From this Earth over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help and ask for it. Amen.
Saint Rita, come to my aid! Faithful, loving wife and mother, humble, prayerful widow and nun, because of my need, answer my call. Saint Rita, come to my aid! Beautiful rose born from the Savior's thorns, lead me far from anger and hate; guide my heart on peaceful paths with charity to all. Saint Rita, come to my aid! Helper, healer, holy friend, hear my petition/s.
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To Christ, take this prayer, for He is my Lord, my God, my All, my Hope in despair, my Strength when afraid. Saint Rita, come to my aid! Saint Rita, answer my call. Amen.
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