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Prayer to Saint Rita

Saint Rita of Cascia is an Italian saint from the Middle Ages (1381-1457). Patroness of impossible cases, difficult marriages and illnesses, she is celebrated every year on May 22nd. She is the object of strong devotion, and Catholics from all around the world confide in her through their prayers. Find out why and how to benefit from the mercy and protection of this saint, whose life itself is the proof that faith can move mountains.

Two beautiful prayers to Saint Rita

Prayer of Intercession

“Glorious St. Rita, O Holy Patroness of those in need, your intercession with our Lord is most powerful. Through the favours obtained by your prayers, you have been called the Advocate of the Hopeless and even of the Impossible.
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 on our behalf.
Obtain our petitions for us, if they are for the greater glory of God, and for our good. We promise, if our petitions are granted, to make known your favour, and to glorify God for His gift.
Relying on your merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we ask of you: (Share your request…)

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

Prayer in Times of Despair

“Holy Patroness of those in need, Saint Rita, so humble, pure and patient, whose pleadings with the Divine Spouse are irresistible, obtain for me from thy Crucified Christ my request: (Share your request…).
Be kind to me, for the greater glory of God, and I promise to honour you and to sing your praises forever.
O Glorious St. Rita, who did 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.”

Devotion to St. Rita

Why Pray to St. Rita?

Saint Rita is one of the most popular saints in Europe, and is invoked in all circumstances! It is important to bear in mind that when praying to St. Rita, we ask her to intercede with the Father for us. We do not pray to St. Rita directly; we pray to the Lord through this glorious saint.

Her life was a mix of daily routine and mysticism, and has been marked by generosity, humility, kindness, and by an unshakeable faith. Owing to that, she has become an exemplary saint. She went through difficult times, notably within her marriage, yet even in the greatest despair and in the most desperate situations, she kept her faith. Her trust in Jesus is her biggest treasure. Therefore, she is often prayed to in difficult situations or troubled marriages.

Moreover, Saint Rita of Cascia has been associated with numerous healing miracles for over 600 years. Healing prayers are said to her. Nevertheless, let us not forget that the most important thing remains to have a strong faith and to get treatments when needed!

Thanksgiving, Novenas, Litanies and Triduum to Saint Rita

Saint Rita is traditionally prayed to through novenas. A novena is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days. The novena is the symbol of faithfulness and trust in prayer, a symbol that suits St. Rita well. Novenas to St. Rita are usually said between May 14 and May 22, date of her feast day, though it can be said whenever we feel the need to do so.

There are other ways to pray to St. Rita:  

  • With the litanies of St. Rita: This beautiful prayer of invocation, based on the model of the litany of the saints, can be sung or recited.
  • With the triduum to St. Rita.

Let us not forget to thank her with beautiful prayers for the graces obtained in her name.

Pray to St. Rita and Other Saints for Help with Hozana!

Hozana assists us in discovering many saints who are here to help us in times of difficulty when we feel that our world is collapsing.  Hozana also has a multitude of prayer communities to meet all of your spiritual needs from novenas to daily meditations. Here are just a few examples of Saints that are ready to accompany you in your daily struggles. As Catholics we believe in the Communion of Saints where we all help each other through fervent prayer.

  • Saint Rita who has suffered the stigma of Christ and knows what suffering and pain is.
  • Saint Peregrine, if we have friends or loved ones suffering from cancer.
  • Saint Anthony, a healer who performed many miracles.