The Litany of the Saints

LITANY OF THE SAINTS

The beautiful Litany of Saints is said on many occasions, especially on vigils of First Class Feasts and at several special celebrations such as ordinations, etc. It is always said during Rogation Days which came about due to the consequence of the public calamities that afflicted the Diocese of Vienne in Dauphiny in the fifth century, St. Mamertus instituted a solemn penitential procession on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Ascension Thursday. Under an Order of the Council of Orleans in 511 the devotion spread to the rest of France. In 816 Pope Leo III introduced it in Rome and soon after it became a general observance throughout the universal Church.

   The Litany of Saints and the Psalms and Collects sung in procession on these days are supplications; hence the term Rogation applied to them. The object of these devotions is to appease the anger of God and avert the scourges of His justice and to draw down the blessings of God on the fruits of the earth.

   If ever we need to appease the anger of God and avert the scourges of His justice it is in these times we live. Therefore violet is used as a token of penance during these three days, and the Paschal candle is left unlit. The Litany of Saints below, consists of ejaculations in the form of a dialogue and is an admirable manner of prayer approved by the infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church and should be encouraged in our day as well.

Parts taken from Saint Andrew Daily Missal

    LITANY OF THE SAINTS
    The Faithful's responses are in Italics

    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 Spirit, Have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

    Holy Mary, Pray for us.
    Holy Mother of God, Pray for us.
    Holy Virgin of virgins, Pray for us.
    Saint Michael, Pray for us.
    Saint Gabriel, Pray for us.
    Saint Raphael, Pray for us.
    All ye holy angels and archangels, Pray for us.
    All ye holy orders of blessed spirits, Pray for us.
    Saint John the Baptist, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, Pray for us.
    All ye holy patriarchs and prophets. Pray for us.
    Saint Peter, Pray for us.
    Saint Paul, Pray for us.
    Saint Andrew, Pray for us.
    Saint James, Pray for us.
    Saint John, Pray for us.
    Saint Thomas, Pray for us.
    Saint James, Pray for us.
    Saint Philip, Pray for us.
    Saint Bartholomew. Pray for us.
    Saint Matthew, Pray for us.
    Saint Simon, Pray for us.
    Saint Thaddeus, Pray for us.
    Saint Matthias, Pray for us.
    Saint Barnabas, Pray for us.
    Saint Luke, Pray for us.
    Saint Mark, Pray for us.
    All ye holy apostles and evangelists, Pray for us.
    All ye holy disciples of our Lord. Pray for us.
    All ye holy Innocents, Pray for us.
    Saint Stephen, Pray for us.
    Saint Lawrence, Pray for us.
    Saint Vincent, Pray for us.
    Saints Fabian and Sebastian, Pray for us.
    Saints John and Paul, Pray for us.
    Saints Cosmas and Damian, Pray for us.
    Saints Gervase and Protase, Pray for us.
    All ye holy martyrs, Pray for us.
    Saint Sylvester, Pray for us.
    Saint Gregory, Pray for us.
    Saint Ambrose, Pray for us.
    Saint Augustine. Pray for us.
    Saint Jerome, Pray for us.
    Saint Martin, Pray for us.
    Saint Nicolas, Pray for us.
    All ye holy bishops and confessors, Pray for us.
    All ye holy doctors, Pray for us.
    Saint Anthony, Pray for us.
    Saint Benedict, Pray for us.
    Saint Bernard, Pray for us.
    Saint Dominic, Pray for us.
    Saint Francis, Pray for us.
    All ye holy priests and levites, Pray for us.
    All ye holy monks and hermits. Pray for us.
    Saint Mary Magdalen, Pray for us.
    Saint Agatha, Pray for us.
    Saint Lucy, Pray for us.
    Saint Agnes, Pray for us.
    Saint Cecily, Pray for us.
    Saint Catherine, Pray for us.
    Saint Anastasia, Pray for us
    All ye holy virgins and widows, Pray for us.

    All ye holy men and women, Saints of God, Make intercession for us.
    Be merciful, Spare us, O Lord.
    Be merciful, Graciously hear us, O Lord.

    From all evil, O Lord, deliver us.
    From all sin, O Lord, deliver us.
    From Thy wrath, O Lord, deliver us.
    From a sudden and unprovided death, O Lord, deliver us.
    From the snares of the devil, O Lord, deliver us.
    From anger, and hatred, and all ill will, O Lord, deliver us.
    From the spirit of fornication, O Lord, deliver us.
    From lightning and tempest, O Lord, deliver us.
    From the scourge of earthquake. O Lord, deliver us.
    From pestilence, famine and war, O Lord, deliver us.
    From everlasting death, O Lord, deliver us.
    Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, O Lord, deliver us.
    Through Thy coming, O Lord, deliver us.
    Through Thy nativity, O Lord, deliver us.
    Through Thy baptism and holy fasting, O Lord, deliver us.
    Through Thy Cross and Passion, O Lord, deliver us.
    Through Thy death and burial, O Lord, deliver us.
    Through Thy holy Resurrection, O Lord, deliver us.
    Through Thine admirable Ascension, O Lord, deliver us.
    Through the coming of the Holy Spirit the Paraclete, O Lord, deliver us.
    In the day of judgment, O Lord, deliver us.

    We sinners, We beseech Thee, hear us,
    That Thou wouldst spare us, We beseech Thee, hear us.
    That Thou wouldst pardon us, We beseech Thee, hear us.
    That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance, We beseech Thee,
    hear us.
    That Thou wouldst govern and preserve Thy holy Church We beseech Thee, hear us.,
    That Thou wouldst preserve our Aposto-lie Prelate, and all ecclesiastical orders in holy religion, We beseech Thee,
    hear us
    ,
    That Thou wouldst humble the enemies of Thy holy Church, We beseech Thee, hear us.
    That Thou wouldst give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes, We beseech Thee, hear us.
    That Thou wouldst grant peace and unity to all Christian people, We beseech Thee, hear us.
    That Thou wouldst bring back to the unity of the Church all those who have strayed away, and lead to the light of the Gospel all unbelievers, We beseech Thee, hear us.
    That Thou wouldst confirm and pres-erve us in Thy holy service, We beseech Thee, hear us.
    That Thou wouldst lift up our minds to heavenly desires, We beseech Thee, hear us.
    That Thou wouldst render eternal blessings to all our benefactors, We beseech Thee, hear us.
    That Thou wouldst deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, relations and benefactors, from eternal damnation, We beseech Thee, hear us.
    That Thou wouldst give and preserve the fruit of the earth, We beseech Thee, hear us.
    That Thou wouldst give eternal rest to all the faithful departed, We beseech Thee, hear us.
    That Thou wouldst graciously hear us We beseech Thee, hear us. Son of God, We beseech Thee, hear us.

    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.
    Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
    Lord, have mercy on us.

    Our Father.. (silently). And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

    Psalm 69

    Deign, O Lord, to rescue me; O Lord, make haste to help me Let them be put to shame and confounded who seek my life. Let them be turned back in disgrace who desire my ruin. Let them retire in their shame who say to me, "Aha, aha!" But may all who seek Thee exult and be glad in Thee, And may those who love Thy salvation say ever, "God be glorified!" But I am afflicted and poor; O God, hasten to me! Thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, hold not back!
      Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
      As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
    Save Thy servants.
    Who trust in Thee, O my God.
    Be a tower of strength for us, O Lord,
    Against the attack of the enemy.
    Let not the enemy prevail against us.
    And let not the son of evil dare to harm us.
    O Lord, deal not with us according to our sins.
    Neither requite us according to our iniquities.

    Let us pray for a true Sovereign Shepherd
    The Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.
    Let us pray for our benefactors.
    Deign, O Lord, for Thy name's sake, to reward with eternal life all those who do us good. Amen.
    Let us pray for the faithful departed.
    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord;
    and let perpetual light shine upon them.
    May they rest in peace.
    Amen.

    V. For our absent brethren.
    R. Save Thy servants, who trust in Thee, my God.
    V. Send them help, O Lord, from Thy sanctuary.
    R. And sustain them from Zion.

    V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
    R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
    V. The Lord be with Thee.
    R. And with Thy spirit.

    Let us pray.
    O God, Whose property is always to have mercy and to spare, receive our petition, that we, and all Thy servants who are bound by the chains of sin, may, by the compassion of Thy goodness, be mercifully absolved.

    Graciously hear, we beg Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy suppliants, and pardon the sins of those who confess to Thee, that in Thy bounty Thou may grant us both pardon and peace.

    In Thy clemency, O Lord, show us Thy ineffable mercy, that Thou may both free us from all our sins, and deliver us from the punishments which we deserve for them.

    O God, Who by sin are offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy suppliant people, and turn away the scourges of Thy anger, which we deserve for our sins.
    Almighty, everlasting God, have mercy upon Thy servant N., our Sovereign Pontiff, and direct him according to Thy clemency into the way of everlasting salvation, that by Thy grace he may desire those things that are pleasing to Thee, and perform them with all his strength.

    O God, from Whom are holy desires, good counsels, and just works, give to Thy servants that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts be set to keep Thy commandments, and that, being removed from the fear of our enemies, we may pass our time in peace under Thy protection.

    Burn our desires and our hearts with the fire of the Holy Spirit, O Lord, that we may serve Thee with a chaste body, and with a clean heart be pleasing to Thee.

    O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of Thy servants and handmaids the remission of all their sins, that, through devout prayers, they may obtain the pardon which they always desired.

    Direct, we beg Thee, O Lord, our actions by Thy holy inspirations, and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may begin always with Thee, and through Thou be happily ended.

    Almighty and everlasting God, Thou hast dominion over the living and the dead, and Thou art merciful to all who Thou foreknowest will be Thine by faith and good works; we humbly beg Thee that those for whom we intend to pour forth our prayers, whether this present world still detain them in the flesh, or the world to come has already received them out of their bodies, may, through the intercession of all Thy Saints, by the clemency of Thy goodness, obtain the remission of all their sins. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

    V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
    R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
    V. May the almighty and merciful Lord graciously hear us. R. Amen.

    V. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R. Amen.



LITANY OF THE SAINTS