Holy Patroness of those in need, St Rita, so humble, pure and patient, whose pleadings with thy Divine Spouse are irresistible, obtain for me from thy Crucified Christ my request. Be kind to me, for the greater glory of God, and I promise to honour thee and to sing thy praises forever. 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.
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Dear Saint Rita, model wife and widow, you yourself suffered a long illness showing patience out of love for God. Teach us to pray as you did. Many invoke you for help, full of confidence in your intercession.
Deign to come now to our aid for the relief and cure of our illness. To God all things are possible; may this healing give glory to the Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, through the prayers of St Rita, may we learn to bear our crosses in life in the same spirit in which she bore hers. Amen.
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 asketh, 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. Amen.
HYMN TO ST RITA OF CASCIA
Come virgins chaste, pure brides, draw near,
let earth exult and Heaven hear
the hymn that grateful accents raise,
our song of joy in Rita’s praise.
By fast her sinless frame is weak;
her livid flesh the scourges streak.
In pity for her Saviour’s woes,
her days and even nights are closed.
The thorn-wound on her brow is shown,
the crimson rose in winter blown,
and full-ripe figs on frozen tree
at Rita’s wish the wonders see.
The widowed spouse and wedded wife
the way to heaven see in her life;
the way secure our Rita trod,
in life’s dim day, through pain 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.
– Hymn of Lauds, Office of St Rita
O God! who didst deign to confer on St Rita for imitating thee in love of her enemies, the favour of bearing on her heart and brow the marks of Thy Love and Passion, grant we beseech thee, that through her intercession and merit, we may, pierced by the thorns of compunction, ever contemplate the sufferings of thy Passion, who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.