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Prayer For St Rose Of Lima

We offer our most sincere thanks for choosing to pray with us today. We ask in your name and on behalf of St. Rose of Lima, that you would bless us with her holiness and care for all who are suffering, cast down and oppressed, or burdened with sorrow. May all the dark places within us be filled with your light—for we know that it is only through you that we can stand tall and proud. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, may God’s will be done. Amen.”

Rose, I pray for you to intervene and ask God to bring your dream and purpose into reality. As I think of you at this moment, my heart is full of your name. I think of Rose, my relation to Rose, the loves that crosses life with me.

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Prayer For St Rose Of Lima

God our Father, St. Rose gave everything to devote herself to You through her life of penance. By the help of her prayers we seek to imitate her selfless way of life so that we may enjoy the splendor of Heaven. Please grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ who live and reigns forever and ever.

Admirable Saint Rose, you were truly a sweet flower blooming on a rugged soil; you were indeed a rose among thorns, bearing with meekness and patience the stings of envious tongues, and preserving perfect purity and modesty amid the alluring blandishments of a deceitful world.

To the sufferings inflicted on you by others you added the voluntary tortures of fasting and watching, of the discipline, of the crown of thorns and of the hair shirt, to subdue the flesh and to make yourself like to your heavenly Spouse.

By the merits which you have thus gained with your divine Bridegroom, obtain for me the grace to bear my afflictions with patience, to remain pure and modest, to be meek and humble, to be faithful to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, and so to mortify my passions that I may be ever more pleasing and acceptable in the sight of my dear Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.

God gave to the Christians of America, and all over the world, a beautiful example of holiness, at the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth century, in the Saint whose festival is this day commemorated by the Catholic Church.

Her native place was Lima, the capital of Peru. She was named Isabel, but while yet in the cradle, she was called Rose, as her face, in its loveliness, resembled a rose. She took the surname of St. Mary, by order of the Blessed Virgin. Already in her childhood, her conduct was holy.

Her intention was to follow the example of St. Catherine of Sienna, whose life she had read, and therefore she entered the third order of St. Dominic. When five years old, she consecrated her virginity to God, and was such a perfect hand-maiden of the Lord, that during her whole life, she never offended Him by a mortal sin, nor even intentionally by one that was venial.

Her time was divided between prayer and work. Twelve hours she gave to devout exercises, two or three to sleep, the rest to work.

When grown to womanhood, her hand was sought by several, but she always unhesitatingly gave the answer, that she was already promised to a heavenly spouse. That, however, her parents might no further urge her, she herself cut off her hair, as a sign of her consecration to God. She treated her innocent body with extreme severity.

From her childhood she abstained from fruit, which, in Peru, is so delicious. Her fasts and abstinences were more than human; for, when scarcely six years old, her nourishment consisted almost entirely of water and bread. At the age of fifteen, she made a vow never to eat meat, except when obliged by obedience. Not even when sick did she partake of better food.

Sometimes for five or eight days, she ate nothing at all, living only on the bread of angels. During the whole of Lent, she took only five citron seeds, daily. Incredible as this may appear to the reader, it is told by unquestionable authority. Her bed was a rough board, or some knotted logs of wood. Her pillow was a bag filled with rushes or stones.

Every night she scourged her body with two small iron chains, in remembrance of the painful scourging of our Saviour, and for the conversion of sinners.

When, however, her Confessor forbade her this, she, after the example of St. Catherine of Sienna, bound, three times around her body, a thin chain, which in a few weeks, had cut so deeply into the flesh that it was scarcely to be seen.

Fearing that she would be compelled to reveal it, she prayed to God for help, and the chain became loose of itself. Hardly were the wounds healed, when she again wore the chain, until her Confessor, being informed of it, forbade her to do so, She then had a penitential robe made of horse-hair, which reached below her knees, and occasioned her intense suffering.

She wore under her veil, in remembrance of our Saviour’s crown of thorns, a crown which was studded inside with pins, and which wounded her head most painfully. To attend the better to her prayers, she loved solitude above everything.

To this end, she asked the permission of her parents to build a small cell for herself in the corner of the garden. This cell was only five feet long and four feet wide; but she lived more happily in it than many others do in royal palaces.

O, how many graces she obtained from heaven in this place! How many visions she had there of St. Catherine of Sienna, her Guardian Angel, the Blessed Virgin, and even of Christ Himself! She was also frequently favored with visions in other places.

The most remarkable of these was one which she had on Palm Sunday, in the chapel of the Holy Rosary, before an image of the Blessed Virgin. Rose, gazing at the picture, perceived that the Virgin Mother, as well as the divine Child, regarded her most graciously, and at last she heard distinctly from the lips of the divine Child, the words: “Rose, you shall be my spouse.”

Although filled with holy awe, she replied, in the words which the Blessed Virgin had spoken to the Angel: ” Behold, I am a handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word.” After this, the Virgin Mother said: “May you well appreciate the favor which my Son has accorded to you, dear Rose!”

I leave it to the pious reader to picture to himself the inexpressible joy which this vision gave to Rose. It served her as a most powerful incentive to the practice of all virtues. Among these virtues, surely not the least was the heroic patience which this holy virgin showed, as well in bodily suffering, as in interior, spiritual anguish.

The Almighty permitted her, for fifteen years, to be daily tormented, at least, for an hour, by the most hideous imaginations, which were of such a nature, that she sometimes thought that she was in the midst of hell.

She could think neither of God nor of the graces He had bestowed upon her; neither did prayer or devout reading give her any comfort. It sometimes seemed as if she had been forsaken by God. In this manner, God wished to prove and purify her virtue, as He had done in regard to many other Saints.

Her patience was also most severely tried by painful diseases, as she sometimes had a combination of two or three maladies at the same time, and suffered most intensely.

Dear Saint Rose of Lima,

Please help me to be a more compassionate person. I want to be more considerate of others and their feelings, as well as more understanding of their limitations.

I know that you were very devoted to God, and I hope to model my own devotion after yours. Please help me to see the world through your eyes, so that I may live with a greater sense of peace and joy than before.

I ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen

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During the last three years of her life, she was disabled in almost all her limbs; but her resignation to the will of God was too perfect to allow her to utter a word of complaint. All she desired and prayed for was to suffer still more for Christ’s sake.

One day when she was greatly troubled about her salvation, Christ appeared to her and said: ” My daughter, I condemn those only who will not be saved.” He assured her at the same time, first, that she would go to heaven; secondly, that she never would lose His grace through mortal sin; thirdly, that divine assistance would never fail her in any emergency.

She, at the same time, encouraged other sick persons, whom she served with indescribable kindness, as long as she was well. She endeavored to comfort them when it was necessary to prepare them for a happy death; for, her greatest joy was to speak of God and to lead others to Him.

Shortly before her end, she went into an ecstasy, and after it, she said to her Confessor: ” Oh! how much I could tell you of the sweetness of God, and of the blissful heavenly dwelling of the Almighty!”

God also revealed to her the day and hour of her death, which took place in her thirty-first year. After the holy sacraments had been administered to her, she begged all present to forgive her faults, and exhorted them to love God. The nearer the hour of her death approached, the greater became her joy.

She requested her brother to take away the pillow that had been placed under her head, that she might die on the boards, as Christ had died on the cross.

When this was done, she exclaimed three times: “Jesus, Jesus, be with me!” and expired. After death, her face was so beautiful, that all who looked at her were lost in astonishment. Her funeral was most imposing.

The Canons first carried the body a part of the way to the church; after them the senate, and finally, the superiors of the different orders, so great was the esteem they all entertained for her holiness.

God honored her after her death, by many miracles; and Clement X. canonized her in 1671 and placed her among the number of the holy virgins.

st rose of lima novena

Lord have mercy on us.

Christ have mercy on us.

Christ graciously hear us.

Saint Rose of Lima, pray for us.

St. Rose, dear to the Virgin Mary. Pray for us.

St. Rose, who disliked worldly vanity. Pray for us.

St. Rose, perfect example of an angelic life. Pray for us.

St. Rose, flower among the thorns. Pray for us.

St. Rose, example of patience and mortification. Pray for us.

St. Rose, victorious over temptation. Pray for us.

St. Rose, favored by appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pray for us.

St. Rose, devoted to heavenly contemplation. Pray for us.

St. Rose, full of God’s love. Pray for us.

St. Rose, passionate for the salvation of souls. Pray for us.

St. Rose, whose charity was not stopped by persecution. Pray for us.

St. Rose, full of the love of Jesus and Mary. Pray for us.

St. Rose, first flower of sanctity in America. Pray for us.

St. Rose, sweet–scented rose of piety and virtue. Pray for us.

St. Rose, servant of God perfectly united with Him. Pray for us.

St. Rose, lover of prayer and solitude. Pray for us.

St. Rose, merciful friend of sinners. Pray for us.

St. Rose, consoler of the sick and help of the needy. Pray for us.

St. Rose, beloved by God. Pray for us.

Pray for us, O holy St. Rose.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Saint Rose, pray for us that we may one day glorify the Blessed Trinity in heaven. Obtain for us your lively faith that we may consider all people, things and events in the light of God. Pray, that we may be generous in making sacrifices of worldly things as you so wisely did. Please, also, pray for me and my intentions (State your intentions here).

God our Father, St. Rose gave everything to devote herself to You through her life of penance. By the help of her prayers we seek to imitate her selfless way of life so that we may enjoy the splendor of Heaven. Please grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ who live and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Saint Rose, pray for us!

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

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