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Litany of the Saints

Litany of the Saints

With the upcoming Solemnity of All Saints day, I'll be presenting the Litany of the Saints, traditional recitation. It is believed to be the oldest litany, as it was already mentioned in the 4th century by Saint Basil. Pope Gregory the Great prescribed it in 590 for a public procession of thanksgiving after a fierce episode of plague in Rome. Similarly, it was used in the procession of St. Mamertus, Bishop of Vienna. As such, it is one of the only six litanies authorized for use in public service. This litany is often recited on All Saints Day, Easter Vigil, Ordination and Baptism Masses. 

If prayed in group settings, the group responds to the leader with the italicized words. 

Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy, Christ, hear us, Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of Virgins, pray for us.
St. Michael, pray for us.
St. Gabriel, pray for us.
St. Raphael, pray for us.
All holy angels and archangels, pray for us.
All holy orders of blessed spirits, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
All holy patriarchs and prophets, pray for us.
St. Peter, pray for us.
St. Paul, pray for us.
St. Andrew, pray for us.
St. James, pray for us.
St. John, pray for us.
St. Thomas, pray for us.
St. Philip, pray for us.
St. Bartholomew, pray for us.
St. Matthew, pray for us.
St. Simon, pray for us.
St. Thaddeus, pray for us.
St. Matthias, pray for us.
St. Barnabas, pray for us.
St. Luke, pray for us.
St. Mark, pray for us.
All holy apostles and evangelists, pray for us.
All holy disciples of the Lord, pray for us.
All holy innocents, pray for us.
St. Stephen, pray for us.
St. Lawrence, pray for us.
St. Vincent, pray for us.
SS. Fabian and Sebastian, pray for us.
SS. John and Paul, pray for us.
SS. Cosmos and Damian, pray for us.
SS. Gervase and Protase, pray for us.
All Holy Martyrs, pray for us.
St. Sylvester, pray for us.
St. Gregory, pray for us.
St. Ambrose, pray for us.
St. Augustine, pray for us.
St. Jerome, pray for us.
St. Martin, pray for us.
St. Nicholas, pray for us.
All holy bishops and confessors, pray for us.
All holy doctors, pray for us.
St. Anthony, pray for us.
St. Benedict, pray for us.
St. Bernard, pray for us.
St. Francis, pray for us.
All holy priests and Levites, pray for us.
All holy monks and hermits, pray for us.
St. Mary Magdalen, pray for us.
St. Agatha, pray for us.
St. Lucy, pray for us.
St. Agnes, pray for us.
St. Cecelia, pray for us.
St. Catherine, pray for us.
St. Anastasia, pray for us.
All holy virgins and widows, pray for us.
All holy saints of God, intercede for us.

Be merciful, spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord.
From all evil, deliver us, O Lord.
From all sin, deliver us, O Lord.
From your wrath, deliver us, O Lord.
From sudden and provided death, deliver us, O Lord.
From the snare of the devil, deliver us, O Lord.
From anger, hatred , and all ill will, deliver us, O Lord.
From all lewdness, deliver us, O Lord.
From lightning and tempest, deliver us, O Lord.
From the scourage of earthquakes, deliver us, O Lord.
From the plague, famine, and war, deliver us, O Lord.
From everlasting death, deliver us, O Lord.
By the mystery of your holy incarnation, deliver us, O Lord.
By your coming, deliver us, O Lord.
By your birth, deliver us, O Lord.
By your baptism and holy fasting, deliver us, O Lord.
By your cross and passion, deliver us, O Lord.
By your holy resurrection, deliver us, O Lord.
By your wondrous ascension, deliver us, O Lord.
By the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, deliver us, O Lord.
On the day of judgement, deliver us, O Lord.

We sinners, we beg you to hear us.
That you spare us, 
That you pardon us, 
That you bring us to true penance, 
That you govern and prserve your holy Church, 
That you preserve our Holy Father and all ranks in the Church in holy religion, 
That you humble the enimies of the holy Church, 
That you give peace and true concord to all Christian rulers, 
That you give peace and unity to the whole Christian world, 
That you restore to the unity of the Church all who have strayed from the truth, and lead all unbelievers to the light of the Gospel, 
That you confirm and preserve us in your hold service, 
The you lift up our minds to heavenly desires, 
That you grant everlasting blessings to all our benefactors, 
That you deliver our souls and the souls of our brethren, relatives, and benefactors from everlasting damnation, 
That you give and preserve the fruits of the earth, 
That you grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed, 
That you graciously hear us, Son of God.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us, Christ, graciously hear us.
Lord, have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Let us pray. From You, Lord come holiness in our desires, right thinking in our plans, and justice in our actions. Grant Your children the peace which the world cannot give; then our hearts will be devoted to Your laws, we shall be delivered from the terrors of war, and under Your protection we shall be able to live in tranquility. Amen.

Picture: All Saints, CC0 Creative Commons. 

Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6

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