Novena Prayer to St. Rita of Cascia

St. Rita of Cascia was an Augustinian Nun who lived in Italy between 1386 and 1456. She greatly desired to be a nun but was married at the age of 12 to a wealthy, cruel and immoral man. St. Rita endured his insults and abuse for 18 years. She gave birth to two sons. St. Rita helped convert her husband to lead a pious life. When her husband was murdered, she tried in vain to dissuade her twin sons from attempting to take revenge; she appealed to Heaven to prevent such a crime on their part, and they were taken away by natural death, reconciled to God. She was a model wife and mother in every aspect. After the deaths of her husband and sons, St. Rita miraculously entered the monastery of Saint Mary Magdalene at Cascia when she was 36. St. Rita  is the Patroness of Impossible & Hopeless causes, Mothers and Abused Women. Many seek her intercession for marital problems, infertility and sickness. Her Feast Day is on May 22nd. Here is a Prayer to Saint Rita. The Novena begins on May 13th and ends on May 21st.

Glorious St. Rita, O holy patroness of those in need, your intercession with our Lord is most powerful. Through the favors 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 favor, and to glorify God for His gift. Relying on your merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we ask of you (here mention your request)

Obtain for us our Request

by the singular merits of thy childhood,
by thy perfect union with the Divine Will,
by thy heroic sufferings during thy married life,
by the consolation thou didst experience at the conversion of thy husband,
by the sacrifice of thy children rather than see them grievously offend God,
by thy miraculous entrance into the convent,
by thy severe penances and thrice daily bloody scourgings,
by the suffering caused by the wound thou didst receive from the thorn of the Crucified Savior,
by the divine love which consumed thy heart,

by that remarkable devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, on which alone thou didst exist for four years,
by the happiness with which thou didst part from thy trials to join thy Divine Spouse,
by the perfect example thou gavest to people of every state of life.

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

Let us Pray

Heavenly Father! In Your infinite love and mercy, you heed the prayer of Your beloved servant, Saint Rita. You graciously grant favors through her intercession, which are considered impossible to human foresight, skill and efforts. Relying on her compassionate love, we ask You to assist us in our trials and difficulties. Let unbelievers know that you are recompense helper of the humble, the defense of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in You. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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33 thoughts on “Novena Prayer to St. Rita of Cascia

  1. Dear Saint Rita,
    Please pray for us that my husband and I can conceive a child of our own, for the greater glory of God, and our happiness. We do all this in the Lord’s name. Amen

  2. Dear Saint Rita,

    I beseech you, Please save my marriage..My divorce hearing is coming up soon and I dont want a divorce…Please make my husband change his mind about us and our divorce…Please bring him back home, so we can be together and start a family together..Please St Rita. we have just a few days left…We both have made mistakes, by taking each other for granted…please god, Please also help every couple going through divorce or through a tough time in their marriage to restore their marriage and become stronger in their love together,…Please bring my husband back…I love him so much…Please St Rita, help me!!!

  3. Dearest St Rita,

    Thank you for interceding for me – my prayers have been answered. After a long wait of 14 months, I now have a great job that I could never have imagined. Thank you for interceding for me and for pleading with the Lord to grant my petition. Please continue to intercede for the other requests I have asked of you. I prayed the above prayer once every week and continued praying even as I was losing hope. Your intercessions increased my faith to persevere and brought me closer to the Lord. THANK YOU.

  4. Dearest St. Rita
    I come to you to beg and plead that the child I am carrying in my womb is born healthy. That I may have a healthy pregnancy, safe delivery and most importantly a healthy baby. Please dissolve any signs of Down syndrome that my baby is presenting and let her be born without any birth defects. To you I pray. Amen.

  5. Dearest St.Rita,
    Please have my husband come back to our marriage and restore our marriage to be strong again, I pray to you. Amen.

  6. Dear Rita.

    Please protect my husband from all harm be with him in every moment of his life and help us in our married life. Help us St. Rita to be together. Save our marriage I love my husband very much. Please be with us in our journey I beg of you. Amen

  7. Please Dear St Rita intercede for me that I shall carry my pregnancy to full term and delivery a healthy baby and fight against spirit of miscarriage. Please Amen.

  8. Dear St Rita, Please pray that our marriage will not end in divorce and that my husband’s heart will turn back to us and our marriage. Thank you!

  9. Dear St Rita,

    i pray for your intercession. Please help us conceive. After my miscarriage last year, my heart and my soul have not yet been healed from the loss and the trauma. i love my husband so much and I know that right now, a baby is the only thing missing for us. Help us complete our union by interceding so that we will be blessed with children.
    I pray to you, St. Rita. Amen.

  10. Dear Sr Rita,
    Please soften my spouse’s heart so that he will be willing to give our relationship a second chance. I pray that he always has our son in his mind and heart. I also pray that his family’s heart will be softened and they will stop encouraging him from breaking our family. Please show me the way to fix this problem. May God help us all. Amen.

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