Spirituality

Spirituality

Among harmonious outlines of Churches and houses with red roofs, suddenly stands out majestic Santa Rita’s Basilica, a great monument in travertine that reflects the glory and fame of Saint Rita The Patroness of Impossible Cases, one of the most venerated and invoked Saint of the Catholicism. Downhill of St. Augustine hill, on October 18th 2015, after being blessed in St. Peter's Square in Rome by Pope Francis, it was inaugurated the statue of Saint Rita. The marble monument, 6 meters high, has been carved by a famous Lebanese artist Nayef Alwan and commissioned by a Lebanese patron. Thanks to Father Charbel, a priest, devoted to Saint Rita, the statue was made and donated to the City of Cascia.

SAINT RITA’S LIFE

Saint Rita was born around the year 1381 and died in 1457. The year of birth and date of death were officially accepted by Pope Lion XIII when he proclaimed Rita a Saint on May 24th1900. Margherita was born in Roccaporena, a few kilometers from Cascia (PG), the only daughter of Antonio Lotti and Amata Ferri. From an early age Margherita wanted to do the journey of faith, but her elder parents insisted to see her married, so Rita was only sixteen when she married Paolo Mancini. The impetuous and quarrelsome nature of Paolo did not prevent Rita to help him change. From their marriage two twins were born Giacomo Antonio and Paola Maria. This period of serenity of Rita's life, was crossed by a tragic event: the murder of her husband. Rita was able to forgive those who had caused the death of her husband but the children, on the contrary, they were tempted by the desire of revenge. Rita prayed for the death of the children, rather than knowing her children as killers: both, young, died of the disease. Rita afflicted by so much pain, made mission of mercy necessary condition for admittance to a convent. Only in 1417 she was accepted in the Augustinian monastery of St. Mary Magdalene in Cascia, where she lived for the rest of her life. On the evening of a Holy Friday, Rita received a stigma on the forehead, one of the thorns of Christ, completing in her flesh the sufferings of Jesus. The wound remained open until the end of her life. She died on May 22nd 1457.

OPENING TIMES OF SAINT RITA’S SANCTUARY

April - October VISIT TO THE MONASTERY


  • holidays: 8.00 am; 8.30 am; 9.00 am; 9.45 am; 10.30 am; 11.15 am; 12.00am ; 2.30 pm; 3.30 pm; 4.45 pm; 5.30 pm

  • weekdays:9.00 am; 10.15 am; 11.15 am; 2.30 pm; 3.30 pm; 4.45 pm; 5.30 pm

  • VISIT TO THE BASILICA

    every day, from 6.30 am to 08.00 pm

    November - March

    VISIT TO THE MONASTERY

  • holidays: 10.15 am; 11.15 am; 2.30 pm; 4.00 pm

  • weekdays: 10.00 am; 11.15 am; 2.30 pm; 4.00 pm

  • VISIT TO THE BASILICA every day, from 6.30 am to 08.00 pm

    SAINT RITA’S URN ENTRANCE

    The Urn of Saint Rita is positioned behind a large iron grating, which separates the Chapel of Saint Rita and the Basilica. Inside the Chapel there is the Urn of Saint Rita, date back to 1930, the entrance in Urn gives the opportunity for devotees to gather in prayer in front of the Saint Body.

    April - October

    Every last Thursday of each month after the Mass at 6 pm.

    FEAST OF SAINT RITA

    22nd May

    Re-enactment of Rita's life and the people of her time, a solemn liturgical celebration in honor of Santa Rita.

    FEAST OF THE ROSE AND THE RITE

    It is held annually on the last Sunday of June. Rose delivery, flower symbol of Santa Rita, scroll to the women who bear the name of Rita.

    Solemn Eucharistic celebration presided by Renato Boccardo, Archbishop of Spoleto - Norcia Diocese.

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