St. Rita, Advocate of the Impossible: Novena Prayers and Devotions

 

Powerful Advocate in Extreme Need

ST. Rita of Cascia is universally called the "Saint of the Impossible," because her intercession has been found available with God in most desperate and hopeless cases. Rita was born in Rocca Porena, in the diocese of Spoleto, Italy, about the year 1381. She came to her parents, who were already advanced in age, as the answer to many years of prayer. The piety and charity of her father and mother were so well known that they were called the 'peacemakers' of their little village.


On the day after Rita's baptism, as she lay in her cradle, a swarm of bees, all of purest white, lighted on her angelic face and went in and out of her slightly opened mouth, as if to take from her lips the honey of paradise.

Doubtless this was to typify the sweetness of word and manner which later was to win for God so many souls, and the comfort she was to diffuse throughout the world for centuries.

Three days before Rita's death our Lord, accompanied by the Blessed Virgin, appeared to her and promised her the joys of heaven. Rita died May 22, 145 7, aged seventy-six years, forty-four of which had been spent in religion.


Miracles after Death


Crowds hastened to venerate Rita's body before its burial. The noxious wound in the forehead now shone like a brilliant jewel and emitted a heavenly fragrance. A near relative of Rita confidently embraced the holy body when lo! she recovered the use of one of her arms which had been paralyzed for many years.

Many other astounding miracles were wrought before the sacred remains were placed in the tomb: a blind person recovered sight, and a child deaf and dumb from birth received speech and hearing. The first words he uttered were, Ave Maria! Surely a proof of the saint's intercession in heaven.

Rita was solemnly beatified July 16, 1628. In late years, devotion to St. Rita has increased, and she has won for herself the title: "Saint of the Impossible."

In 1896 St. Rita appeared to Francischina Gabriella of Noci, a lady who was at the point of death. "Fear not; you will recover," spoke the saint. The disease vanished as if by magic. Many instances are related of how our saint obtained aid in the last extremities. Conversion of hardened sinners and of those who had led dissolute lives, are no less numerous than her assistance granted in bodily ills.

St. Rita,
Advocate of the Impossible,
Intercede for us!

 

Devotions in Honor of
St. Rita


Prayer to St. Rita

May be used as a novena.


O holy protectress of those who are in utmost need, who shinest as a star of hope in the midst of darkness, in patience and fortitude as the Patriarch Job, scourge of devils, health of the sick, deliverer of those in extreme need, admiration of saints and model of all states: with my whole heart and soul prostrate before thee and firmly united to the adorable will of my God, through the merits of my only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and in particular through the merits of His patient wearing of that torturous crown of thorns, which thou with a tender devotion didst daily contemplate; through the merits of the most sweet Virgin Mary and thine own most excellent graces and virtues, I implore thee to obtain my earnest petition — provided it be for the greater glory of God and my salvation (here make your request).
Here in do thou guide and purify my intention, O holy protectress and most dear advocate, that I may obtain the pardon of all my sins and grace to persevere daily, as thou didst, in walking with courage and generosity and unwavering fidelity upon the heavenward path on which the love of my sweet Lord desires to lead me. Amen.

 

Invocations to St. Rita


St. Rita, Advocate of the Hopeless, pray for us.
St. Rita, Advocate of the Impossible, pray for us.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc., three times.
Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercy and God of all consolation, who, through the intercession of St. Rita, comforts us in all our tribulations. Amen.

Prayer

Holy patroness of those in need, St. Rita, so humble, pure and patient, whose pleadings with thy Divine Spouse are irresistible, obtain for us from thy Crucified Jesus our request. (Mention it.) Be propitious toward us for the greater glory of God, and we promise to honor thee and to sing thy praises forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc., three times.



Litany



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 Almighty, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
who hast said: "Ask, and you shall receive; seek, and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you," have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity one God, infinite in power, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, who dost never refuse a petition, pray for us.
Immaculate Virgin, Queen of heaven and earth, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.

Holy angels, spirits of humility, pray for us.
Holy principalities, protectors of religious communities, pray for us.
Holy virtues, angels of fortitude, pray for us.
Holy cherubim, angels of light, pray for us.

St. Rita, advocate of the impossible, pray for us.
St. Rita, consecrated to God, pray for us.
St. Rita, lover of Jesus Crucified, pray for us.
St. Rita, bride of the suffering Savior, pray for us.

St. Rita, filled with compassion for the sufferings of Christ, pray for us.
St. Rita, crowned by an angel with a crown of thorns, pray for us.
St. Rita, who didst bear the wound of this mysterious crown on thy forehead, pray for us.
St. Rita, who didst firmly trust in the loving mercy of Jesus, pray for us.

St. Rita, who didst importune the dying Savior with ardent supplications, pray for us.
St. Rita, who didst never doubt a gracious answer to thy prayer, pray for us.

That we may renounce all self-love, pray for us, St. Rita.
That we may confidently trust in the promises of Jesus, pray for us, St. Rita.
That the enemies of our salvation may be put to confusion, pray for us, St. Rita.

That we may ever perfectly fulfil the will of God, pray for us, St. Rita.
That our inclinations to evil may be destroyed, pray for us, St. Rita.
That the Faith in all its purity may be spread over our land, pray for us, St. Rita.

That a holy zeal may fill our hearts, pray for us, St. Rita.
That we may infuse a holy love for chastity into all who come in contact with us, pray for us, St. Rita.
That in all our actions and omissions we may endeavor to promote a tender
charity, pray for us, St. Rita.

That we may be delivered from all avarice, vainglory and rash judgment, pray for us, St. Rita.
That great saints may rise in our land who will edify the people and dispel the darkness of unbelief, pray for us, St. Rita.
That we may be delivered from all interior enemies, pray for us, St. Rita.

Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Lord.

V. Pray for us, St. Rita,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


LET US PRAY


O God, who in Thy infinite tenderness dost deign to hearken to the prayer of St. Rita, and to grant her what to human understanding seems impossible to human foresight, skill and efforts, in reward for her compassionate love and firm reliance upon Thy promises; have pity upon our adversity and succor us in our calamities, that the unbeliever may know that Thou art the recompense of the humble, the defense of the helpless and the strength of those who trust in Thee. Through Jesus
Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Indulgenced Prayer

O glorious St. Rita, who didst miraculously participate in the sorrowful Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, obtain for me the grace to suffer with resignation the troubles of this life, and protect me in all my needs. Amen.

Indulgence of 300 days once a day to all who devoutly recite this prayer in honor of St. Rita of Cascia. — Decree Aug. 11, 1906.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc., three times.


 

Purple Scapular of Protection

*** Our Lord Promised Protection From;

Sudden Death, Fire, Calamity, Accidents, Disease, Famine, Chastisements 

Not only is the wearing of this scapular strongly recommended, but its exposition in our homes will give special protection.


FR. RIPPERGER ON THE PURPLE SCAPULAR

Purple Scapular of Marie-Julie Jahenny of Benediction and Protection Wool

Purple Scapular of Protection

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