Novenas are a traditional method of Catholic prayer said
either in private solitude, as a secluded group or a public gathering.
They are recited for nine days or nine hours straight. A Novena
is a sacrificial sign of devotion to God asking for a specific
request or intention. The Novena's origin derives from Scripture.
"After Jesus' Ascension into heaven, He told His disciples
to pray together in the upper room and devote themselves to constant
prayer" (Acts1:14). During the nine days between the Ascension
and Pentecost Sunday the Disciples and the Virgin Mother Mary
gathered together in prayer.
In a nine hour Novena, the selected prayer is recited once
an hour for nine consecutive hours. In a nine day Novena, the
selected prayer is recited once each day at a specific hour. Some
Novenas request to 'publish'. This is simply a way of telling
everyone and inviting others to join in the prayer. Publishing
may be done in local newspapers or over the internet to specific
Saint Rita Novena
Leader: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and
enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit
and our hearts will be renewed.
All: And you will renew the face of the earth.
Leader: O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, instructed
the hearts of the faithful; grant us, by the same Holy Spirit,
a love and desire for what is right and just, and the constant
enjoyment of His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Oration to St. Rita Of The Impossible
O excellent Saint Rita, worker of miracles, from thy sanctuary
in Cascia, where in all thy beauty thou sleepest in peace, where
thy relics exhale breaths of paradise, turn thy merciful eyes
on me who suffer and weep! Thou seest my poor bleeding heart surrounded
by thorns Thou seest, O dear Saint, that my eyes have no more
tears to shed, so much have I wept! Weary and discouraged as I
am, I feel the very prayers dying on my lips. Must I thus despair
in this crisis of my life? O come, Saint Rita, come to my aid
and help me. Art thou not called the Saint of the Impossible,
Advocate to those in despair? Then honor thy name, procuring for
me from God the favor that I ask. (Here ask the favor you wish
to obtain.) Everyone praises thy glories, everyone tells of the
most amazing miracles performed through thee, must I alone be
disappointed because thou hast not heard me? Ah no! Pray then
pray for me to thy sweet Lord Jesus that He be moved to pity by
my troubles and that, through thee, O good Saint Rita, I may obtain
what my heart so fervently desires.
(Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, three
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