Litany of the Saints

As I was preparing to enter the Catholic church and studying her teachings, it became increasingly apparent to me that many of my protestant beliefs about the Catholic Church were mistaken – and that the majority of the misunderstandings with which I had been raised were based almost entirely on what you might call a language barrier.  Protestants and Catholics use the same words, but mean different things, and that makes communication very challenging!  A couple of the words that Protestants and Catholics use very differently are worship, and prayer.  I’ve read a few really excellent articles on the subject of prayers to the saints that really helped me, and I’ll link some of them here.  If you have questions about the Catholic teaching regarding the intercession or veneration of saints, these are a great place to start!

Singing this Litany of the Saints at a recent mass brought a profound sense of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in heaven, as Hebrews 12 tells us:

  1And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us:
2Looking on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who having joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of the throne of God.


Litany of the Saints  by John D. Becker music pdf

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Verse 1.

Mary and Joseph, pray for us.
Michael and all angels, pray for us.
Anna, Joachim, Elizabeth, pray for us.
Elijah, Moses, John the Baptist, pray for us.
Isaac, Sarah, Abraham, pray for us.
Jacob, Joseph, Samuel, pray for us.
Ruth, David and Solomon, pray for us.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Verse 2.

Peter, Paul, Andrew, pray for us.
James, John, and all apostles, pray for us.
Mary Magdelene, Veronica, pray for us.
Barnabas, Matthias, pray for us.
Stephen, Philip, and Cornelius, pray for us.
Prisca and Aquila, pray for us.
Timothy and Titus, pray for us.
Linus, Cletus, and Clement, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Verse 3.

Lawrence and Chrysogonus, pray for us.
Innocent and Boniface, pray for us.
Hippolytus and Origen, pray for us.
Athanasius and Basil, pray for us.
Felicity, Perpetua, pray for us.
Cosmos and Damien, pray for us.
John Chrysostom and Justin, pray for us.
Lucy, Agatha, and Agnes, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Verse 4.

Jerome and Eusebius, pray for us.
Scholastica and Benedict, pray for us.
Ambrose, Monica, Augustine, pray for us.
Martin and Gregory, pray for us.
Clare, Francis, and Dominic, pray for us.
Francis Xavier, Ignatius, pray for us.
Elizabeth and Catherine, pray for us.
Louis and Wenceslaus, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Verse 5.

Lord, be merciful, save your people.
From all evil, save your people.
From every sin, save your people.
From everlasting damn, save your people.
By your incarnation, save your people.
By your death and resurrection, save your people.
By your gift of the spirit, save your people.
Have mercy on us sinners, save your people.
Christ hear us, Lord Jesus hear our prayer.

Verse 6.

Lord give new life, hear our prayer.
To his chosen, hear our prayer.
By the grace of baptism, hear our prayer.
Oh Jesus Son of the living God, hear our prayer.
Send your Spirit, hear our prayer.
In its fullness, hear our prayer.
On your sons and daughters, hear our prayer.
Who believe and profess you, hear our prayer.
Christ hear us, Lord Jesus hear our prayer.



Kyrie, eleison (Kyrie, eleison.) 
Christe, eleison (Christe, eleison.) 
Kyrie, eleison (Kyrie, eleison.) 

Christe, audi nos (Christe, audi nos.) 
Christe, exaudi nos. (Christe, exaudi nos.) 

Pater de caelis, Deus, (miserere nobis.) 
Fili, Redemptor mundi, Deus, (miserere nobis.) 
Spiritus Sancte, Deus, (miserere nobis.) 
Sancta Trinitas, unus Deus, (miserere nobis.)

Sancta Maria, (Ora pro nobis.)

Sancta Dei Genetrix, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancta Virgo virginum, (Ora pro nobis.)

Sancte Michael, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Gabriel, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Raphael, (Ora pro nobis.)
Omnes sancti Angeli et Archangeli, (Ora pro nobis.)
Omnes sancti beatorum Spirituum ordines, (Ora pro nobis.)

Sancte Ioannes Baptista, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Ioseph, (Ora pro nobis.)
Omnes sancti Patriarchae et Prophetae, (Ora pro nobis.)

Sancte Petre, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Paule, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Andrea, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Iacobe, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Ioannes, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Thoma, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Iacobe, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Philippe, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Bartolomaee, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Matthaee, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Simon, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Thaddaee, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Matthia, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Barnaba, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Luca, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Marce, (Ora pro nobis.)
Omnes sancti Apostoli et Evangelistae, (Ora pro nobis.)
Omnes sancti discipuli Domini, (Ora pro nobis.)

Omnes sancti Innocentes, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Stephane, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Laurenti, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Vincenti, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancti Fabiane et Sebastiane, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancti Iohannes et Paule, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancti Cosma et Damiane, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancti Gervasi et Protasi, (Ora pro nobis.)
Omnes sancti martyres, (Ora pro nobis.)

Sancte Sylvester, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Gregori, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Ambrosi, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Augustine, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Hieronyme, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Martine, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Nicolae, (Ora pro nobis.)
Omnes sancti Pontifices et Confessores, (Ora pro nobis.)
Omnes sancti Doctores, (Ora pro nobis.)

Sancte Antoni, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Benedicte, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Bernarde, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Dominice, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancte Francisce, (Ora pro nobis.)
Omnes sancti Sacerdotes et Levitae, (Ora pro nobis.)
Omnes sancti Monachi et Eremitae, (Ora pro nobis.)

Sancta Maria Magdalena, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancta Agatha, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancta Lucia, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancta Agnes, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancta Caecilia, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancta Catharina, (Ora pro nobis.)
Sancta Anastasia, (Ora pro nobis.)
Omnes sanctae Virgines et Viduae, (Ora pro nobis.)

Omnes Sancti et Sanctae Dei, (intercedite pro nobis.)
Propitius esto, (parce nos, Domine.) 
Propitius esto, (exaudi nos, Domine.)

Ab omni malo, (Libera nos domine.)

Ab omni peccato, (Libera nos domine.)
Ab ira tua, (Libera nos domine.)
A subitanea et improvisa morte, (Libera nos domine.)
Ab insidiis diaboli, (Libera nos domine.)
Ab ira et odio et omni mala voluntate, (Libera nos domine.)
A spiritu fornicationis, (Libera nos domine.)
A fulgure et tempestate, (Libera nos domine.)
A flagello terraemotus, (Libera nos domine.)
A peste, fame et bello, (Libera nos domine.)
A morte perpetua, (Libera nos domine.)
Per mysterium sanctae Incarnationis tuae, (Libera nos domine.)
Per adventum tuum, (Libera nos domine.)
Per nativitatem tuam, (Libera nos domine.)
Per baptismum et sanctum ieiunium tuum, (Libera nos domine.)
Per crucem et passionem tuam, (Libera nos domine.)
Per mortem et sepulturam tuam, (Libera nos domine.)
Per sanctam resurrectionem tuam, (Libera nos domine.)
Per admirabilem ascensionem tuam, (Libera nos domine.)
Per adventum Spiritus Sancti Paracliti, (Libera nos domine.)
In die iudicii, (Libera nos domine.)

Peccatores, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut nobis parcas, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut nobis indulgeas, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut ad veram paenitentiam nos perducere digneris, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut Ecclesiam tuam sanctam regere et conservare digneris, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut domum Apostolicum et omnes ecclesiasticos ordines in sancta religione conservare digneris, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut inimicos sanctae Ecclesiae humiliare digneris, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut regibus et principibus christianis pacem et veram concordiam donare digneris, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut cuncto populo christiano pacem et unitatem largiri digneris, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut omnes errantes ad unitatem Ecclesiae revocare, et infideles universos ad Evangelii lumen perducere digneris, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut nosmetipsos in tuo sancto servitio confortare et conservare digneris, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut mentes nostras ad caelestia desideria erigas, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut omnibus benefactoribus nostris sempiterna bona retribuas, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut animas nostras, fratrum, propinquorum et benefactorum nostrorum ab aeterna damnatione eripias, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut fructus terrae dare et conservare digneris, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut omnibus fidelibus defunctis requiem aeternam donare digneris, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Ut nos exaudire digneris, (Te rogamus audi nos.)
Fili Dei, (Te rogamus audi nos.)

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, (parce nobis, Domine.) 
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, (exaudi nos, Domine.)
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, (miserere nobis.)

Christe, (audi nos.)
Christe, (exaudi nos.)
Kyrie, eleison. (Kyrie, eleison.)
Christe, eleison. (Christe, eleison.) 
Kyrie, eleison. (Kyrie, eleison.)

[Pater noster silentio] Et ne nos inducas in tentationem. (Sed libera nos a malo.)


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