Blessing of Roses on the day of St Rita

Santuario di Santa Rita da Cascia

BLESSING OF THE ROSES
Solemn Form

BEGINNING AND GREETING

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

May God, the Source of Holiness, who calls us to be holy, be with you all. And with your Spirit.

INTRODUCTORY ADMONITION

The blessing of the roses, which we are going to do, recalls an episode from the life of Saint Rita.The Saint, in January 1457, while she was sick in her monastic cell of Cascia, asked a cousin to bring her from Roccaporena a rose of her land.

The tradition states that God granted this wish and the relative of Rita was able to pick for her a rose that had bloomed in the winter, in the snow.

We call upon the Lord, who generously gives spiritual and material graces to those who call on him, that he may deign to bless these roses, which are for us a tribute to the memory of Saint Rita. She miraculously had a rose as a consolation for the thorn that associated her for fifteen years with the redemptive passion of Jesus.

May these roses bring us hope, strength, health, joy and peace in imitation of Saint Rita.

READING OF THE WORD OF GOD

Hear the word of God from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

(1 Cor 13, 1-7).

The hymn to charity

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,

but do not have love,

I am a noisy gong

or a clanging cymbal.
And if I have prophetic powers,

and understand all mysteries 

and all knowledge,

and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains,

but do not have love,

I am nothing.
If I give away all my possessions,

and if I hand over my body to be burned,

but do not have love,

I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind.

Love is not envious

or boastful

or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable

or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, 

but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, 

believes all things,

hopes all things,

endures all things.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
Brothers and sisters, we invoke God our Father, with deep devotion so that he bless us, guide us and sustain us always with the power of his Spirit.
Let us say: Bless your people, Lord.
O God of love, you accompanied with your grace the path of Saint Rita, support us too so that we may live with commitment the vocation to holiness.

Let us pray
O God of tenderness, you gave Rita a rose as a delicate sign of your love, grant that we too may become instruments of peace and consolation.

Let us pray
O God of all beauty, these flowers and the whole of creation tell us about yourself, help us to be in the world of every perfume and every call of Christ.

Let us pray
O God of all comfort, Saint Rita walked in faith among the thorns of life, grant us peace and strength in times of suffering.

Let us pray
Let us now turn to God the Father, reciting together the prayer that Jesus taught us:
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. Amen
Let us pray
O God, rich in mercy and the source of all consolation, pour out Your blessing + on these roses and those who receive them, so that, in memory of the miracle of the rose you gave to Saint Rita in the comfort for the thorn, that associated her for fifteen years to the redemptive Passion of Jesus, we may be filled with Your graces and bear witness to the Risen Christ:
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. 

Amen
The roses are sprinkled with holy water.
CONCLUSION
Convert to thee the hearts of your faithful, and through the intercession of St. Rita guard all of us under your protection.

Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.
And may the blessing of almighty God 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit 

be upon you and remain with you always.

Amen.
+ ANTONIO AMBROSANIO, Archbishop of Spoleto – Norcia
 
Ordinary Form
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.
Let us pray
O God, whose word sanctifies everything, pour out your blessing on these roses which we present in honour of Saint Rita and grant that those who will use it with devotion, through the merits of the cross and resurrection of your Son, may receive through your kindness, comfort and health in illness, perseverance in following your Son every day and in carrying with gratitude his own cross.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.
Or:
You, O God, grant generously spiritual and material graces to those who invoke you. Give your blessing on these roses, which are for us a tribute to the memory of Saint Rita. She miraculously had a rose as a consolation for the thorn that associated her for fifteen years with the redemptive passion of Jesus. May these roses bring us hope, strength, health, joy and peace in imitation of Saint Rita.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.
Or (cfr. Book of Blessings n.1641):
Lord God you make your Church shine with the virtues and deeds of the saints, look upon your faithful who, by carrying this rose in honour of St. Rita, may have what they need in this life and by adhering with love to your precepts may proceed safely to immortal life. To you honour and glory for ever.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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