Novena to Saint Rita

The Novena in honour of St. Rita is recited in its entirety every day, alone or together with other persons.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

1. We honour you, O Saint of Cascia, for your fidelity to your baptismal vows. Intercede for us with the Lord so that we may live with joy and coherency our vocation to holiness, overcoming evil with good..

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end amen. Amen.

2. We honour to you, O glorious Saint Rita, for your testimony of love for prayer in all the ages of life. Help us to remain united to Jesus because without Him we cannot do anything and only by invoking his name can we be saved..

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end amen. Amen.

3. We honour you, O saint of forgiveness, for the strength and courage that you have demonstrated in the more tragic moments of your life. Intercede for us with the Lord so that we may overcome every doubt and fear, believing in the victory of love even in the most difficult situations..

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end amen. Amen.

4. We honour you, O Saint Rita, expert of family life, for the example of virtue that you have left us: as a daughter, spouse and mother, as a widow and nun. Help us so that everyone of us may value the gifts received from God, sowing hope and peace through the fulfilment of our daily duties..

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end amen. Amen.

5. We honour you, O saint of the thorn and the rose, for your humble and true love for Jesus crucified. Help us to repent of our sins and to love him with facts and in the truth..

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end amen. Amen.

 

LITANY PRAYER

The fruit of the Spirit is love.
You, Rita, have lived it.

(all) Obtain it for us.

The fruit of the Spirit is peace.
You, Rita, have lived it.

(all) Obtain it for us.

The fruit of the Spirit is joy.
You, Rita, have lived it.

(all) Obtain it for us.

The fruit of the Spirit is patience.
You, Rita, have lived it.

(all) Obtain it for us.

The fruit of the Spirit is forgiveness.
You, Rita, have lived it.

(all) Obtain it for us.

The fruit of the Spirit is purity.
You, Rita, have lived it.

(all) Obtain it for us.

The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness.
You, Rita, have lived it.

(all) Obtain it for us.

The fruit of the Spirit is mastery of oneself.
You, Rita, have lived it.

(all) Obtain it for us.

The fruit of the Spirit is hope.
You, Rita, have lived it.

(all) Obtain it for us.


Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

FINAL PRAYER

Lord Jesus, today, through the hands of Saint Rita, we present you with our personal situations and our immense desire for the good of our families and our communities.
Send upon us, O Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit, so that our attitudes and our words, like those of Saint Rita, may be inspired by your Gospel and guided by your grace.
You are God and live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen

By the intercession of Saint Rita may God bless us, Father and Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

PRAYERS TO SAINT RITA

Under the weight of pain, to you, Saint beloved Rita, I have recourse, trusting in being heard. Free, I pray you, my poor heart from the distresses that oppress it and return calm to my spirit, which is full of worries. You who were chosen by God as the advocate of the most desperate cases, implore for me the grace that I ask you (express the grace desired).
If my sins are of obstacle to the fulfilment of my desires, obtain for me from God the grace of repentance and forgiveness by means of a sincere confession.
Do not allow me anymore to shed bitter tears. O saint of the thorn and the rose, reward my great hope in you, and everywhere I will make known your great mercies towards afflicted souls.
O Spouse of Jesus Crucified, help me to live and die well. Amen.

 

Saint Rita of Cascia, model of spouses, mothers of families and religious, I resort to your intercession in the most difficult moments of my life. You know how often sadness oppresses me, because I do not know how to find the way out of many painful situations.
Obtain for me from the Lord the graces of which I have need, and especially the serene confidence in God and inner calm.
Grant that I may imitate your sweet meekness, your strength in trials and your heroic charity. Grant that my suffering may be useful to all my beloved ones and that we all can be saved for eternity. Amen.

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