Saturday, June 16, 2012

Novena to Saint Rita: Day 1

My apologies for playing catch up on this! I hope you were able to follow the PDF on the last post (its in a format for a comercial printer).  I'll post today's separate from this one, neither of wich will have an audio because my kids won't be quite until bed time tonight.  (The Morgan house has had a busy/stressful few days.)

Our intentions:
Troubled Marriages
Strained Marriages
Marriages of Different Faiths
Strengthening of all Marriages

Novena to St. Rita of Cascia
Day 1
OGod, in your infinite tenderness you have been pleased to regard the prayer of your servant Rita, and to grant to her supplication that which is impossible to human foresight, skill, and effort, as rewards for her compassionate love and firm reliance on your promises. Have pity on us in times of adversities and comfort us in our calamities, that even the unbelievers may know that you are the recompense of the humble, the defense of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in you. Grant this in the Name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Novena Prayer
St. Rita, God gave you to us as an example of charity and patience, and offered you a share in the Passion of his Son. I thank him for the many blessings he bestowed upon you during your lifetime, especially during your unhappy marriage and during the difficulty you suffered in the convent.
May your example encourage me to carry my own cross patiently and to live a life that is holier. By serving God as you did, may I please him with my faith and my actions.
May your prayers help me to live in fidelity to my calling as you did and bring me to the deeper love of God and my neighbor until I reach eternal life in heaven. Amen. 
Litany to St. Rita

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.

Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, ®
Holy Mary, Mother of purest love, ®
Holy Mary, pierced with a sword of grief, ®
Holy Mary, Comforter of the sick, ®
Holy Mary, Queen of all the saints, ®
Holy Mary, Model of life for St. Rita, ®
O Saint Rita, our advocate and protectress, ®
O Saint Rita, beloved of the Lord, ®
O Saint Rita, given special grace
O Saint Rita, remarkable in childhood, ®from Heaven, ®
O Saint Rita,
O Saint Rita, of untiring patience, ®
O model of obedience to God's will, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror
O Saint Rita, heroic in sacrifice, ®
O Saint Rita, generous in forgiving, ®
O Saint Rita, martyr in penitence, ®
O Saint Rita, embracing humility
O Saint Rita, exemplary as a widow, ®and poverty, ®
O Saint Rita, prompt to answer
O Saint Rita, patient in suffering, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror of religious observance, ®
O Saint Rita, mystical rose of every virtue, ®the divine call, ®
O Saint Rita, enamored
O Saint Rita, pierced with a thorn, ®of the Passion of Christ, ®
O Saint Rita, in ecstasy
O Saint Rita, consumed with Divine Love, ®
O Saint Rita, received into heaven with joy, ®
O Saint Rita, incorrupt in your chaste body, ®
O Saint Rita, advocate of impossible cases, ®
O Saint Rita, persevering in prayer, ®
O Saint Rita, help of those in need, ®before the Blessed Sacrament, ®

Let us pray

O God, who bestowed on St. Rita such grace that she loved her enemies, and bore in her heart and on her forehead the mark of your love and Passion, grant us, we beseech you, through her merits and intercession, a love for our enemies. Through our contemplation of your sufferings and Passion, may we merit the reward promised to the meek and suffering. You who live and reign forever. Amen.  Saint Rita, model of the Christian mothers, ® for Christian spouses, ®

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