Novena to Saint Rita, St. Rita Novena

-Novena to St Rita-

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 prayer sites.

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 times.)

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