St Rita Pocket Rosary, Patron Saint of Impossible Cases
This small rosary has one decade (group of 10 beads) of the full rosary and a single Our Father prayer beads. The smaller size makes it easy to carry in your pocket or purse, or for the bedside table. It features a center medal of Saint Rita, the patron saint of impossible causes and hopeless cases.
The 10 Hail Mary beads are lovely Czech glass beads, each bead with swirls of different blue and green and all hand-linked with silver rosary wire. The loop of beads meets at a center medal of Saint Rita with a rose on the back - St Rita's flower. I've used a blue hematite rose bead for the single Our Father bead in the front, and a pierced filigree crucifix begins and ends the prayer beads.
Length: 21cm / 8.3 inches
Crucifix: 4cm / 1.6 inches.
Rita is a 14th century Italian saint, known for having endured an "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 and a reassurance that our prayers are heard.
A lovely wee rosary for personal use, which would make a thoughtful gift. It comes attractively wrapped along with a prayer card.