NOVENA TO SAINT RITA OF CASCIA, PATRONESS OF IMPOSSIBLE CASES: DAY 1 – (For those whose hopes have been frustrated)

O God, come to my aid+
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia!

Hymn

  1. O Santa Rita, a faithful wife and caring mother
    You showed the way for us to live our daily lives
    In holiness and zeal, in loving surrender
    To all that God wills: true Christian model!

Chorus:
We sing with joy through Santa Rita’s praises
To God our loving hearts we raise
Till all our days be filled with God’s wonders
Such rose in Rita’s hands blossoms in every season

  1. O Santa Rita, a widowed spouse yet pure of heart
    You paved the way for us to see heaven’s glory
    By your pains and sufferings
    By your prayers with the thorns
    Share in the Cross of Christ: grant us our wishes.
    Such Rose in Rita’s hands blossoms in every season.

 

DAILY PRAYER TO SAINT RITA

O Holy Patroness of those in need, Saint Rita, whose pleadings before thy Divine Lord are almost irresistible, who for thy lavishness in granting favours hast been called the Advocate of the hopeless and even of the Impossible.

Saint Rita, so humble, so pure, so mortified, so patient and of 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.

MEDITATION

Catholic News World : #Novena Prayer to St. Rita - Patron of Impossible Cases - SHARE Miracle Prayer(The Story of Saint Rita: Part I)

Early life

Rita was born in the year 1381 in the village of Roccaporena, near Cascia , Italy . Her parents, Antonio and Amata Lotti, considered her birth a very special gift from God, for Rita was born to them as they were already advancing in age. The day after her baptism, Rita was surrounded by a swarm of white bees, which went in and out of her infant mouth without hurting her. Rather than being alarmed, her family believed she was marked to be virtuous and devoted to God. As a young girl Rita frequently visited the convent of the Augustinian Nuns in Cascia and dreamed of one day joining their community. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent but was instead arranged to be married to a cruel man named Paolo Mancini. Rita accepted her parents’ decision, resolved to see this as God’s will for her. Young Rita became a wife and mother at only twelve years of age and her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger, he often mistreated Rita verbally and physically. He was also known to pursue other women and he had many enemies.

Points for reflection: Rita learned to see the will of God even in the most difficult and horrible moments. Nevertheless, God had a better plan in the future to fulfill her initial desire, and this she gradually came to know by uniting her will with that of God every day of her life. Can we behave like Rita even when what we need isn’t what we are getting? How do we react when that which we so desire is unattainable at the moment and the situation changes its course?

DAY 1 PRAYER

Glorious St Rita, you wanted to enter the convent but your parents arranged a marriage for you. We pray for those whose hopes have been frustrated at the critical moments of their need; those who are not receiving what they have hoped and prayed for. We ask you to grant them courage and a lively faith to withstand the challenge of their present situation and to recognize the will of God in all things. Relying then upon thy merits before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray thee obtain for us our request for those whose hopes have been frustrated (now, mention your particular intentions). We honour thy perfect union with the Divine Will, thy heroic sufferings during thy married life, the consolation thou did experience at the conversion of thy husband, the sacrifice of thy children rather than see them grievously offend God, thy miraculous entrance into the convent, thy severe penances and thrice daily bloody scourgings, thy suffering caused by the wound thou did receive from the thorn of thy Crucified Saviour, thy divine love which consumed thy heart, that remarkable devotion to the Blessed Sacrament on which alone thou did exist for four years, the happiness with which thou did part from thy trials to join thy Divine Spouse, and the perfect example thou gave to people of every state of life. Amen.

 

LITANY OF SAINT RITA 
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us!
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us!
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us!
Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Mother of Good Counsel, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Mother of pure love, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Queen of all saints, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Model of life for Saint Rita, pray for us.
St. Rita, our advocate and protectress, pray for us.
St. Rita, beloved by the Lord, pray for us.
St. Rita, given special grace from heaven, pray for us.
St. Rita, remarkable in childhood, pray for us.
St. Rita, model of obedience to God’s Will, pray for us.
St. Rita, the peacemaker, pray for us.
St. Rita, of untiring patience, pray for us.
St. Rita, model of Christian mothers, pray for us.
St. Rita, mirror for Christian spouses, pray for us.
St. Rita, heroic in sacrifice, pray for us.
St. Rita, generous in forgiving, pray for us.
St. Rita, martyr in penitence, pray for us.
St. Rita, embracing humility and poverty, pray for us.
St. Rita, exemplary as a widow, pray for us.
St. Rita, prompt to answer the divine call, pray for us.
St. Rita, patient in suffering, pray for us.
St. Rita, mirror of religious observance, pray for us.
St. Rita, mystical rose of every virtue, pray for us.
St. Rita, enamoured of the Passion of Christ, pray for us.
St. Rita, pierced with a thorn, pray for us.
St. Rita, in ecstasy before the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
St. Rita, consumed with Divine Love, pray for us.
St. Rita, received into heaven with joy, pray for us.
St. Rita, incorrupt in your chaste body, pray for us.
St. Rita, advocate of impossible cases, pray for us.
St. Rita, persevering in prayer, pray for us.
St. Rita, help of those in need, pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Leader: Lord, you have signed your servant, Rita.

All: With the marks of Your love and Passion.

Let us pray: 

O God, who bestowed on St. Rita such grace that she loved her enemies, and bore in her heart and on her forehead the mark of Your love and Passion, grant us, we beseech You, through her merits and intercession, a love for our enemies. Through our contemplation of Your Son’s sufferings and Passion, may we merit the reward promised to the meek and the suffering. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Our Father…3 Hail Marys… Glory be… (For the intentions of the Church, the Holy Father, Pope Francis; and for peace in Nigeria)

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O Holy Patroness of those in need, St. Rita, whose pleadings before thy Divine Lord are almost irresistible, who for thy lavishness in granting favours 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 the 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. Relying upon thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray: (mention your requests).

Obtain for us our request by the singular merits of thy childhood,
By thy perfect union with the Divine Will,
By the 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 thy 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 gave to people of every state of life.

Grant that as we go to bed tonight, we may be filled with joy and peace of one who has already received favours from God through your intercession. We promise, if our petitions are granted, to make known your favour, and to glorify God for His gift. Amen.

Pray for us, O holy St. Rita, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

May the Divine assistance remain always with us, and may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. 

Blessing+

Through the intercession of St. Rita, may the Lord bless + us protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen

(If possible, kindly accompany this novena with the Holy Rosary at any hour of the day, either 5 or 10 or 15 or 20 decades…)

👏🏼👏🏼 Great job praying Day 1! 👏🏼👏🏼 Click here for Day 2 Prayers

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Sources:

  • My Catholic Prayers and Devotions
  • Life of Saint Rita
  • www.SaintRitaShrine.Org

© Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Loreto, Vila Medeiros, São Paulo, Brazil
nozickcjoe@gmail.com / fadacjay@gmail.com

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Chinwe Ann
Chinwe Ann
5 months ago

St. Rita was able to accept given her to marry against her choice, yet she suffered in the hands of the spouse yet she didn’t blame anyone for that rather accept it as God’s will.
How have you accepted responsibility of your actions let alone the one caused by someone?
St. Rita pls help me to always see the hand of God even when it didn’t turn out as I expected in all my endeavors.

Phils
Phils
5 months ago

It’s a pleasant idea
I don’t know what’s been discussed for now. Kudos
Fr

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
5 months ago

St. Rita Pray for us and most especially those who are undergoing great trials. Amen

Nneka
Nneka
5 months ago

St Rita pray for us Amen

Nwanya Precious
Nwanya Precious
5 months ago

Mama my Mama Rita…
I love you.

See us through as we begin this Novena to you, and grant that we be saved from the snarls of the devil by seeking to walk always in the will of God.
And may we enjoy through your intercession the graces and favours we seek. Amen.

Mama Rita… Wonder worker
Mama Mama Rita… Wonder Wonder worker

Njideka ihionu
Njideka ihionu
5 months ago

St Rita saint of the impossible pls make a ll the impossible In my life to become þossible.Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
5 months ago

Dear St. Rita, please intercede for me that my knees/legs will be completely healed. Amen.

St. Rita, pray for us. Amen.

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