“The good odor of Christ, lord cardinal, that you have spread in every place, even in your temporary dwelling, and the many works of charity to which you have dedicated yourself constantly in your priestly ministry, especially in this our city of Rome, have won for you, with admiration, universal esteem.”
–Pope St. Pius X to Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val, November 11, 1903, upon the latter being made Cardinal
The cause of beatification of Servant of God Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val was opened in 1953, under the Pontificate of Pius XII.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui gloriam tuam manifestas per humilitatem, et exemplum integritatis religionis, per odium modernismi et per castigationem mortificationemque carnis servi tui Raphaelis Merry del Val, praesta, quaesumus, si conforme voluntati tuae sit, ut eum intercessione eius in terra glorifices per beneficium …. quod ferventer imploramus per Cor Sacratissimum pro gloria tua et gloria Matris Mariae doloris quam piissime diligebat. Amen.
Almighty everlasting God, Who manifests Thy glory through the humility, example of integrity of religion through the hatred of the heresy of modernism, and by the castigation and mortification of the flesh of Thy servant Raphael Merry Del Val, grant, we beseech Thee, if it be in conformity with Thy Will, that Thou may glorify him on earth through his intercession by the favor of … which we fervently implore through Thy Sacred Heart for Thy glory and the glory of Mary the Sorrowful Mother, whom he devoutly loved. Amen.