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TheTRADITIONAL LITANY
OF THE SAINTS.


This is to believed to be the most ancient of the Church's litanies. St. Basil in the 4th century mentioned the litany (in a slightly different form). It was prescribed by Pope Gregory the Great in 590 A.D. for a public procession of thanksgiving after a plague that had ravaged Rome.

I. SUPPLICATION TO GOD

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.

II. TO THE SAINTS

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.

PATRIARCHS AND PROPHETS

Holy Abraham,
R. pray for us.

Holy Moses,
R. pray for us.

Holy Elijah,
R. pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist,
R. pray for us.

St. Joseph,
pray for us.

All holy patriarchs and prophets,
pray for us.

APOSTLES AND DISCIPLES

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.

MARTYRS

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.

[Saint Cyprian,
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Boniface,
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Stanislaus,
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Thomas (Becket),
R. pray for us.]

[Saints John (Fisher) and Thomas (More),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Paul (Miki),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint John (Brebeuf) and Isaac (Jogues),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Peter (Chanel),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Charles (Lwanga),
R. pray for us.]
4 [Saints Perpetua and Felicity,
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Maria (Goretti),
R. pray for us.]

All Holy Martyrs,
pray for us.

BISHOPS AND DOCTORS

St. Sylvester,
pray for us.

[Saint Leo (the great),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint John Chrysostom,
R. pray for us.]

St. Gregory,
pray for us.

St. Ambrose,
pray for us.

St. Augustine,
pray for us.

St. Jerome,
pray for us.

Saint Athanasius,
R. pray for us.

St. Martin,
pray for us.

St. Nicholas,
pray for us.

[Saint Patrick,
R. pray for us.]

[Saints Cyril and Methodius,
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Charles (Borromeo),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Francis (de Sales),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Pius (the Tenth),
R. pray for us.]

All holy bishops and confessors,
pray for us.

All holy doctors,
pray for us.

PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS

St. Anthony,
pray for us.

St. Benedict,
pray for us.

St. Bernard,
pray for us.

St. Francis,
pray for us.

[Saint Thomas (Aquinas),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Ignatius (Loyola),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Francis (Xavier),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Vincent (de Paul),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint John Mary (Vianney),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint John (Bosco),
R. pray for us.]

All holy priests and Levites,
pray for us.

All holy monks and hermits,
pray for us.

HOLY WOMEN OF GOD

Saint Ann,
R. 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. Cecilia,
pray for us.

St. Catherine,
pray for us.

St. Anastasia,
pray for us.

[Saint Catherine (of Siena),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Theresa (of Avila),
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Rose (of Lima),
R. pray for us.]

All holy virgins and widows,
pray for us.

LAITY

[Saint Louis,
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Monica,
R. pray for us.]

[Saint Elizabeth (of Hungary),
R. pray for us.]

All holy saints of God,
intercede for us.

III. INVOCATION TO CHRIST

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 unprovided death,
deliver us, O Lord.

From the snares of the devil,
deliver us, O Lord.

From anger, hatred , and all ill will,
deliver us, O Lord.

From the spirit of fornication,
deliver us, O Lord.

From lightning and tempest,
deliver us, O Lord.

From the scourge 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 Death and Burial,
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.

IV. SUPPLICATION FOR VARIOUS NEEDS

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 preserve your holy Church,

That you preserve our Holy Father and all ranks in the Church in holy religion,

That you humble the enemies 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 holy service,

That 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.

V. CONCLUSION

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,
graciously hear 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.



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