Prayer for the Beatification of the Servant of God Zita :
God our Father, you redeemed the world by the humility of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. He who was King became a Servant and gave his life as a ransom for many, therefore you have exalted Him.
We ask you that your servant Zita, Empress and Queen, will be raised to the altars of your Church. In her, you have given us an admirable example of faith and hope in the face of trials, as well as an unshakeable confidence in your Divine Providence.
We beseech You that alongside her husband, the Blessed Emperor Charles, Zita will become, for couples, a model of conjugal fidelity and love, and, for families, a guide in the ways of a truly Christian upbringing. May she who in all circumstances opened her heart to the needs of others, especially the very poor, be for us all an example of service and love of neighbour.
Through her intercession, grant our petition (mention here the graces you are asking for). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
One Our Father, three Hail Marys and a Glory Be.
Kindly inform the Abbaye Saint-Pierre (F-72300 Solesmes) of any grace or favour obtained through the intercession of the Servant of God Zita.
Imprimatur : 09/07/2009
† Mgr. Yves Le Saux
Bishop of Le Mans (France).
The Servant of God’s Prayer Life :
The Servant of God had an intense Eucharistic life. From her early years Zita considered daily participation in the Eucharist as the indispensable foundation of a life of prayer. It was in this way that throughout her life she united herself and her family with the Redemptive Sacrifice of Christ. The reservation of the Blessed Sacrament in the different places where she lived enabled her to pass each day in close intimacy with the Lord.
The Servant of God was a woman of prayer: she had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Her life was impregnated with Benedictine spirituality.
The recitation of the Rosary was part of her daily life.
In the dangerous or distressing moments of her life her reflex was to have recourse to prayer. In the account which she gave to her son Otto of the imperial couples’ turbulent plane journey from Zurich to Hungary for the second attempt at a restoration (October 1921), Zita wrote: “I called on all the Angels in Heaven and I prayed the ‘He who dwells’ Psalm (90) and the ‘Under thy protection’.”
Listen to Psalm 90 (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, (Psalms (RSV) 91) sung by the monks of Solesmes or the nuns of Ryde.
Sub tuum :
"Sub tuum præsidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genetrix : nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. "
We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.