The First Miracles

In 1457, on the initiative of the municipal authorities, the first of Saint Rita's miracles begin to be reported in the Codex miraculorum (the Code of Miracles). Among these, we find the so-called maxime,or the most remarkable: the miracle of a blind man who regained his sight.

Rita's body was never buried, because of the strong devotion that started immediately after her death. From the very beginning, in fact ex votobegin arriving, brought by devotees. Seeing such veneration, the nuns decide to place the holy body in a case. It is at this point that Mastro Cecco Barbari is commissioned to make (more likely: have made) the first coffin called “humble case”.

Among the papers of the process, it is reported that: «after the death, having to make a case to place the body of the Blessed because of the many miracles she performed, or finding someone who could make it, a certain Mastro Cicco Barbaro of Cascia, competing with other people in that church to view the body of the Blessed, whose hands were crippled, said 'if my hands were not crippled I would make the case', and that after those words his hands healed and he made ??the case ...;».

On seeing the body of Rita, Mastro Cecco healed immediately. This testimony has great historical importance because it helps us to understand clearly that the Blessed, who has just died, is brought into the church without a case, most likely wrapped in a sheet for burial in the crypt of the nuns. But people come in continuation to venerate her, thus preventing her sisters from proceeding with the burial ritual. The body, therefore, remains like this for some time and, meanwhile, the rumour spreads that Rita performs miracles

Still in 1457, following a fire that breaks out in the oratory, the case and the body, which have remained intact, are placed in the sarcophagus, known as the “solemn case”. This case is probably also made ??by the same Cecco Barbari as an ex voto or is commissioned by his family, who are devoted to the Blessed. . 

This solemn case, made just ten years after the passing away of Rita, shows her already widespread reputation of holiness. A commemorative epitaph is placed on the top of it. The body of Saint Rita is then moved again to the beautiful chapel in the Basilica named after her. Today, the humble case is kept inside the solemn case, in the cell of Saint Rita.

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