PATRON OF UNPAID WORKERS/HOUSEWIVES/CLEANERS
Feast Day: 27 April
O glorious St Zita, who did labour as a maid all your life, being cherished and trusted by the family you worked for, yet bullied and mistreated by your fellow servants, and now enjoy your heavenly reward, have pity on us all who still labour in this vale of tears.
You toiled in the Fatinelli household. Help us to give value to housework and the routine tasks of life. Intercede for us so that we can look after other’s needs with serenity and joy.
Beloved St Zita, you said, “A servant is not holy if she is not working. Work-shy piety in people of our position is a sham.” Graciously help us to work for the good of others, but always to put Christ first.
Help us also to learn from Christ, as you did, not to worry and fret, but to trust in God’s all-powerful providence. St Zita, so humble, so pure, so patient and of such compassionate love for Our Lord, I confidently have recourse to you.
I entreat your charity, O great Saint, graciously hear me and obtain from God a favourable answer to the request I now humbly lay before you (mention your petition).
I am firmly convinced that through your merits, through the scorn and sufferings you endured, united to the merits of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus, I will obtain what I ask of you, dear St Zita, and in the joy of my heart I will bless God, Who is admirable in His Saints.