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Saint Rose of Lima

August 30 Feastday


Saint Rose of Lima (1586-1617), Patroness of the Americas,
is the first canonized saint of the New World.

Born on Peruvian soil, Saint Rose was Spanish,
but it is almost certain that
her maternal great-grandmother was Incan.

She was the tenth of thirteen children,
and her mother experienced no pain at her birth.

Though exquisitely beautiful (hence her nickname, Rose),
she refused to marry, and while helping support her family
by needlework and growing flowers,
she practiced heroic charity and lived as a
Dominican Tertiary in her parents’ home.

Rose tenderly cared for the sick,
even those with repulsive wounds,
and she often obtained miraculous cures for people
from the Child Jesus.

On other occasions, she worked miracles
in order to feed the members of her family,
and became known as “Mother of the Poor.”

Rose continually prayed and offered her sufferings
for the conversion of the idolatrous Incas.
In the year 1615, through her prayers,
the Blessed Sacrament and the people of Lima
were spared attack by savage pirates.

Saint Rose was a friend and confidant
of Saint Martin de Porres, who lived in the same city.

She was confirmed by Saint Toribio Mogrovejo,
Archbishop of Lima.
Her mystical experiences caused an ecclesiastical inquiry.

Though dead at only 31, Saint Rose’s love of God
was so intense that she was recognized as a saint
in her own time and was canonized by the Church
just 54 years later, in 1671 by Pope Clement X.

Her life is a spotless mirror in which we see ourselves,
whatever our color, our station, our land and our age,
whatever our chosen vocation.

Like Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Rose took our Lord
by the heart. In taking him, she took His church.

Her life is our boast, our crown, our defense,
and a challenge to love completely.

 [From SAINT ROSE OF LIMA by Sister Mary Alphonsus, O.SS.R.]


Prayers in honor of St Rose of Lima

God our Father, for love of You
St. Rose gave up everything to devote herself
to a life of penance.
By the help of her prayers may we imitate her selfless
way of life on earth and enjoy the fullness
of Your blessings in heaven.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Litany of St. Rose of Lima

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Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven,

have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost,

have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,

have mercy on us.


Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins, pray for us.

St. Dominic, glorious Patriarch,

St. Rose, prepared by the dew of heavenly grace,

St. Rose, in whom the grace of God was not fruitless,

St. Rose, from infancy illustrious for holiness,

St. Rose, in whom the grace of God, was not fruitless,

St. Rose, from infancy illustrious for holiness,

St. Rose, foolish to the world but chosen by God,
to confound the wise,

St. Rose, dear to the Virgin Mary, while yet a child,

St. Rose, consecrated to Christ by a vow of virginity,

St. Rose, who didst abhor worldly vanities,

St. Rose, who didst despise beauty,

St. Rose, who didst disdain all things to gain Christ,

St. Rose, shining example of an angelic life,

St. Rose, lily among the thorns,

St. Rose, nailed to the Cross of Christ,

St. Rose, model of patience and mortification,

St. Rose, who didst fast almost beyond human strength,

St. Rose, crowned with sharp nails,

St. Rose, who didst gain unnumbered victories over demons,

St. Rose, victim of many calumnious tongues,

St. Rose, refreshed by heavenly consolations,

St. Rose, favored by appearances of the Mother of God,

St. Rose, devoted to heavenly contemplation,

St. Rose, inflamed with seraphic love of God,

St. Rose, ardently zealous for the salvation of souls,

St. Rose, whose charity was not extinguished by persecutions,

St. Rose, whose didst exhale the sweet fragrance of Christ,

St. Rose, dying in the love of Jesus and Mary,

St. Rose, who wast brought to Him whom thou didst love,

St. Rose, first Flower of sanctity in America,

St. Rose, ornament of Christian virgins,


Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

spare us  O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

graciously hear us O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.

Christ hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.


Pray for us St. Rose.

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


Let Us Pray.

Almighty God, the author and giver of all good things, who didst will that Blessed Rose should

be prepared by the dew of grace from Heaven, and should bloom in America as a beauteous

 flower of virginity and patience, grant to us Thy servants to be drawn by the perfume of her

virtue, that we may deserve to become a sweet fragrance of Christ, who livesth and reigneth

world without end. Amen.