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The Chaplet of
Saint Rita of Cascia


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SAINT RITA is well-known for having endured a nearly “impossible” family situation with an abusive husband—who was eventually stabbed to death—and two sons who swore vengeance on the killers. And yet her courageous and persistent prayers helped her survive her husband’s abuse and brought her sons to forgive their father’s assassins.

After the deaths of her sons, Rita entered the monastery of Saint Mary Magdalene to become an Augustinian nun. While in prayer before the crucifix, she received on her forehead a stigmatic wound said to have been caused miraculously by a thorn in Christ’s crown of thorns.

Saint Rita, therefore, is an inspiration to all hurt and wounded persons to feel their emotional pain consciously—rather than hide it behind psychological defenses—and, refusing to fall into hatred, anger, and revenge, to give the pain to Christ, trusting in His perfect justice. 

The Chaplet of Saint Rita

Unlike the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy, which is prayed on regular Rosary beads, the Chaplet of Saint Rita is prayed on its own special chaplet [1] of beads. The chaplet has three sets of three beads between a medal on one end and a cross on the other end. Begin the chaplet with the Prayer to Saint Rita, and end with the three sets of three prayers on the beads.

If you don’t have a chaplet, you can just as well say the prayers on your fingers.


The Prayer to Saint Rita

Saint Rita of Cascia from www.ChastitySF.com

Saint Rita of Cascia
Patroness of Seemingly Impossible Causes

O HOLY Saint Rita, exemplary Augustinian Sister, we honour you for your devotion to the Passion of Christ. Although your early life was filled with disappointment, frustration, and unceasing tragedy, you never lost faith and trust in God. For this you are the patroness of the impossible, and our inspiration and advocate in desperate circumstances.

Available as a prayer card 


The First Set of Three Prayers

Pray the Our Father prayer on each bead (or finger):

By the way, be careful not to slur together the seven petitions of the Our Father (Matthew 6:9–13) like the “elemeno P” of the grammar school alphabet. Say this prayer slowly, carefully, and distinctly.

Read an excerpt from a letter by Saint Augustine
about the Lord’s Prayer)

OUR Father, Who art in Heaven,


hallowed be Thy Name,


Thy kingdom come,


Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.


Give us this day our daily bread;


and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;


And lead us not into temptation,


but deliver us from evil.

The Second Set of Three Prayers

Pray the Hail Mary prayer on each bead (or finger):

HAIL, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now
   and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Third Set of Three Prayers

Pray the Glory to the Father prayer on each bead (or finger):

GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


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1. A chaplet, in its secular primary meaning, refers to a wreath or garland for the head. In its religious sense, a chaplet is a “garland” of beads for reciting particular prayers.



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