Novena prayers in honor of St. Rita of Cascia

On Friday, May 22, the feast of St. Rita of Cascia is celebrated in the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Patroness of abused wives and troubled marriages, St. Rita patiently endured battering and insults throughout her marriage and spent the latter years of her widowhood as an Augustinian nun.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Rita of Cascia in Alexandria, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial. Another commendable practice would be the recitation of the novena prayers at this link provided by the Shrine of St. Rita in Philadelphia on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on May 22.

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