Novena to Saint Rita of Cascia

O holy Protectress of those who are in utmost need, who shines as a star of hope in the midst of darkness, in patience and fortitude as the Patriarch Job, scourge of devils, health of the sick, deliverer of those in extreme need, admiration of the saints and model of all states: with my whole heart and soul prostrate before you and firmly united to the Adorable Will of my God, through the merits of my only Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and in particular through the merits of His patient wearing of that tortuous crown of thorns, which you with a tender devotion did daily contemplate; through the merits of the most sweet Virgin Mary and your own most excellent graces and virtues, I implore you to obtain my earnest petition — provided it be for the greater glory of God and my own salvation (here make your request). Herein do you guide and purify my intention, O holy Protectress and most dear advocate, that I may obtain the pardon of all my sins and grace to persevere daily, as you did, in walking with courage and generosity and unwavering fidelity upon the heavenward path on which the love of my sweet Lord desires to lead me. Amen.