St Rita of Cascia

Background: St Rita received partial stigmata when she was praying in front of a crucifix. Suddenly a wound appeared on her forehead as if from a thorn of Jesus’ ‘crown of thorns’. She was then about 60yrs. The wound and associated pain remained with her for the rest of her life. St Rita is the Patron Saint of abused and heartbroken wives and, along with St Jude, lost causes. St Rita’s incorrupt body is interred at the Basilica of Cascia, Italy. Her Feast Day is 22nd May.


St-Rita-of-CasciaCross-RedO Holy Patron of those in greatest need, you shine as a star of hope in the midst of darkness. Blessed St Rita, bright mirror of God’s grace, in patience and courage you are a model to all of us.

St Rita, I unite my will with the will of God through the merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ. During his Passion he bore, for our sins, the Crown of Thorns, and you, with tender devotion, did accept and honour a reminder of that burden.

St Rita, through your intercession and the merits of the Holy Virgin Mary, I ask you to obtain my earnest petition, provided it is for the greater glory of God and my sanctification.

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Guide and purify my intention, O Holy Patron and Advocate, so that I may obtain the pardon of all my sins and the grace to persevere daily, as you did in walking with courage, generosity and fidelity along the path of life.

St Rita, advocate of the impossible: Pray for Us.
St Rita, advocate of the helpless: Pray for Us

Prayers: Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be … (3 times)

… St Rita of Cascia, Pray for Us …