NOVENA TO SAINT RITA OF CASCIA, PATRONESS OF IMPOSSIBLE CASES: DAY 3 – (For the mothers of difficult children and teenagers)

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

The widowed spouse and wedded wife
The way to heaven was seen in her life;
The way secure our Rita trod,
In life’s dim day, through pains o God.

Praise to the Father and the Son,
Praise to the Spirit, Three in One;
O grant us grace in heaven to reign
Through Rita’s prayer and life-long pain.

 

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 III)

Death of husband and sons

As stated already, Paolo had many enemies in Cascia, but Rita’s influence over him eventually led him to be a better man. He even renounced a family feud between the Mancinis and Chiquis. Unfortunately, the feud between the Mancini and Cascia family grew turbulent and one of Paolo’s allies betrayed and killed him while returning home from work.

Following her husband’s death, Rita gave his murderers a public pardon, but Paolo’s brother, Bernardo, was still angry and encouraged Rita’s two sons, Giovanni Antonio and Paulo Maria, to join the feud. Under their uncle’s leadership, each boy became more and more like their father had been before Rita married him, and they wanted to avenge their father’s murder. Rita attempted to stop them. Tradition has it that she often pointed out to them the image of the crucified Christ and the fact that he forgave those who killed him, but both of her sons were determined to revenge their slain father. Rita prayed to God, asking Him to take her sons before they lost their souls to the mortal sin of murder. One year later, her prayers were answered when both of her sons fell prey to dysentery and died.

Despite her great burden, she could still thank God that they had died in peace, free of the poison of murder to which hatred and revenge might have otherwise drawn them.

Following these tragedies, Rita placed her trust in God, accepting them and relying on her deep faith to find her way. After eighteen years of marriage, Rita felt called to a second but familiar vocation: to religious life in the Augustinian convent.

Points for reflection:

Rita married a difficult man but was able to convert him through prayers before he died. How do you handle difficult persons in your family/home? Also, when inflicted with ills from another, do you seek revenge and encourage others to avenge the harm, or do you follow the path of Christ’s mercy/forgiveness as Rita did and encouraged her two sons to follow?

DAY 3 PRAYER

Glorious St Rita, you wanted the best for your sons even if it meant their death. Help all mothers, fathers and guardians of difficult children and teenagers to pray for them, and to entrust them to God’s providence and mercy.

Relying then upon thy merits before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray thee obtain for us our request for the mothers of difficult children and teenagers (now, mention your particular intention). 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, the perfect example thou gave to people of every state of life.

 

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

Glorious St. Rita, patroness of those in need, your intercession with our Lord is most powerful. Through the favours obtained by your prayers you have been called “Advocate of hopeless and even impossible cases.” St. Rita, humble and pure; patient and compassionate Lover of Christ Crucified! We have confidence that everyone who has recourse to you, will find comfort and relief. Listen to our petitions and show your power with God in our behalf. Obtain our petitions for us if they are for the greater honour of God, and for our good. Guide and purify my intention (mention your request)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 3! 👏🏼👏🏼 Click here for Day 4 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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Nwanya Precious
Nwanya Precious
3 years ago

Mama Rita… Wonder Worker
Mama Mama Rita… Wonder Wonder Worker.

Thank You Jesus

Adaeze
Adaeze
3 years ago

Amen. Dear St. Rita, please intercede for me that my knees be completely healed in Jesus name. Amen.

Nneka
Nneka
3 years ago

St Rita pray for us Amen

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
3 years ago

St. Rita pray for me and all children who are proving difficult for their parent. Amen

Emilia Ngele
Emilia Ngele
1 year ago

St Rita patroness of impossible cases, intercede for me unbehalf of my husband ( Achunike Ngele), who has been unwell since the beginning of this 2022, for permanent healing. Amen

Rita Agbala
Rita Agbala
1 year ago

Amen! St Rita Wonder worker, pray for us

Chinwe Ann
Chinwe Ann
1 year ago

Rita married a difficult man but was able to convert him through prayers before he died. How do you handle difficult persons in your family/home? Also, when inflicted with ills from another, do you seek revenge and encourage others to avenge the harm, or do you follow the path of Christ’s mercy/forgiveness as Rita did and encouraged her two sons to follow? Really this is so difficult in practice but reading it from the life of St Rita makes it as if it’s simple. St. Rita pls grant me such grace to follow the path of mercy and forgiveness irrespective… Read more »

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Dear St. Rita, please I need you now more than ever, please come through for me. Amen.

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
1 year ago

St. Rita, exemplary as a widow and model of Christian mothers! Pray for us and especially for the mothers of difficult children and teenagers. Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
1 year ago

Amen.

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
1 year ago

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

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
1 year ago

Mama Rita wonder worker whose prayers change her husband life & ask God will for children, please through your intercession may God answered my prayers.

Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka Rose-Rita
Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka Rose-Rita
1 year ago

Mama Rita, listen to our petitions and show your power with God on our behalf. Obtain our petitions for us if they are for the greater honour of God, and for our good.

Sa'adatu Anne Akough
Sa'adatu Anne Akough
1 year ago

May the prayers of St. Rita on our behalf be answered oh Lord. May our difficult children’s heart be converted into the service of God and humanity Amen. Shalom.

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
1 year ago

St. Rita, I commend to your prayerful intercession Ehy, Eghe, Osi, Bimbo, Judith and our Country Nigeria..

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
1 year ago

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

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
1 year ago

St Rita, bride of the crucified, pray for us and obtain the favours we earnestly request

Aikpokhio Anne
Aikpokhio Anne
1 year ago

O Lord, God Almighty, Be attentive to my prayer. Grant Favourable answer to my supplications through the intercession of St Rita of Casia
Total Restoration of my Husband (Dele) and my Son (Emmanuel) health.
Grant my Son Emmanuel and all the children writing their SSCE Examination, Success and Breakthrough.
St Rita,pray for Us . Amen

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
1 year ago

St Rita , pray for us.
Amen

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
1 year ago

Saint Rita Pray for us

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
1 year ago

St. Rita pray for us

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
1 year ago

Mama Rita. O yeeeeeee. She is a miracle working Saint. She is the alpha and omega

Nneka
Nneka
1 year ago

How do we handle difficult people around us? May we emulate St Rita in handling difficult people and difficult times.

Lilian Uzoamaka Anyanwu
Lilian Uzoamaka Anyanwu
1 year ago

Saint Rita of Casia pray for us

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
1 year ago

Amen

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
1 year ago

St. Rita, help of those in need, pray for me, my husband and my children.Amen

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
1 year ago

O Lord have mercy and hear our prayers Amen

Mojisola
Mojisola
1 year ago

Amen

Leticia Otomewo
Leticia Otomewo
1 year ago

St Rita of Cascia…. Please Pray for Me, Amen!!

Emeka Odugu
Emeka Odugu
1 year ago

St. Rita, model of obedience to God’s Will, pray for us

Juliet Arinze
Juliet Arinze
1 year ago

Amen

Idudu Maureen
Idudu Maureen
1 year ago

Amen

Judy
Judy
1 month ago

Through the help of st Rita may God almighty hear and answer my prayers for children grandchildren siblings nephews nieces in-laws friends and families . Amen

Ominyi Ada
Ominyi Ada
1 month ago

Saint Rita of Cassia, Saint of impossible cases, pray for us now and always, Amen.

Aromashodu Bisi
Aromashodu Bisi
1 month ago

Saint Rita!
Pray for us. Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 month ago

St. Rita, advocate of impossible cases, pray for us. Amen

Okolie Blessing
Okolie Blessing
1 month ago

Thank you Jesus for grace so far to partake in this
prayer

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
1 month ago

St. Rita, advocate of impossible cases, pray for us.

Chidimma Nwaeze
Chidimma Nwaeze
1 month ago

Amen

Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
1 month ago

St. Rita, help of those in need, pray for us.

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
1 month ago

St, Rita, given special grace from heaven, pray for us.

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
1 month ago

St Rita pray for us Amen

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
1 month ago

St. Rita, model of obedience to God’s Will, pray for us Amen

Uba, Susanna Chiebone
Uba, Susanna Chiebone
1 month ago

ST RITA OF CASCIA PRAY FOR US. Obtain for from God the grace to always accept His will on us with love and joy in our live.

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
1 month ago

St. Rita, advocate of impossible cases, pray for me, my husband, my children and my siblings. Amen

Nancy
Nancy
1 month ago

St. Rita, help of those in need, pray for us.
St. Rita, by your most powerful intercession, may the Risen Lord grant our petitions and bring us to life everlasting. Amen

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
1 month ago

St. Rita, model of Christian mothers, pray for us.

Nwosu Christiana
Nwosu Christiana
1 month ago

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!

MAGDALENE OMONO
MAGDALENE OMONO
1 month ago

AMEN!

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
1 month ago

St Rita pray for us Amen

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