Prayer and petition – litanies

As a useful assist to personal prayers, litanies address the holy Persons who are their object by a variety of names and titles that reflect their significance to the Faith. When the Persons referred to are the Persons of the Most Holy Trinity, this refers to a pre-Christian practice of referring to both the Most High and His expected Christ by a multitude of titles. So, the prophet Isaiah describes Christ (Isaias 9: 6) as ‘peerless among counsellors, the mighty God, Father of the world to come, the Prince of peace,’ and King David in the psalms (Psalm 17: 3) calls God Almighty ‘my rock-fastness, my stronghold, my rescuer; to God, my hiding-place, I flee for safety; he is my shield, my weapon of deliverance, my refuge.’ Finally, we can mention the one obvious Old Testament litany in the book of Psalms – Psalm 135(136) – by which the people remembered God drawing them from slavery in Egypt and into freedom in the Holy Land.


I. The litany of the Saints

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

God, our heavenly Father, 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 you holy Angels and Archangels, pray for us.
All you holy orders of blessed Spirits, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
All you 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 you holy Apostles and Evangelists, pray for us.
All you holy Disciples of the Lord, pray for us.

All you holy Innocents, pray for us.
Saint Stephen, pray for us.
Saint Lawrence, pray for us.
Saint Vincent, pray for us.
Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint John and Saint Paul, pray for us.
Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian, pray for us.
Saint Gervase and Saint Protase, pray for us.
All you holy Martyrs, pray for us.

Saint Silvester, 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 Nicholas, pray for us.
All you holy Bishops and Confessors, pray for us.
All you 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 you holy Priests and Clergy, pray for us.
All you holy Monks and Hermits, pray for us.

Saint Mary Magdalene, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Agnes, pray for us.
Saint Cecilia, pray for us.
Saint Catharine, pray for us.
Saint Anastasia, pray for us.
All you holy Virgins and Widows, pray for us.
All you Saints of God, pray for us.

Lord be merciful, Lord, save Your people.
From every evil, Lord, save Your people.
From every sin, Lord, save Your people.
From Your anger, Lord, save Your people.
From sudden and unforeseen death, Lord, save Your people.
From the snares of the devil, Lord, save Your people.
From anger, hatred, and all ill will, Lord, save Your people.
From the spirit of uncleanness, Lord, save Your people.
From lightening and tempest, Lord, save Your people.
From the scourge of earthquake, Lord, save Your people.
From plague, famine, and war, Lord, save Your people.
From everlasting death, Lord, save Your people.
By the mystery of Your holy Incarnation, Lord, save Your people.
By Your coming, Lord, save Your people.
By Your birth, Lord, save Your people.
By Your baptism and holy fasting, Lord, save Your people.
By Your Cross and suffering, Lord, save Your people.
By Your death and burial, Lord, save Your people.
By Your holy resurrection, Lord, save Your people.
By Your wonderful ascension, Lord, save Your people.
By the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, Lord, save Your people.
On the day of Judgment, Lord, save Your people.

Be merciful to us sinners, Lord, hear our prayer.
That You will spare us, Lord, hear our prayer.
That You will pardon us, Lord, hear our prayer.
That it may please You to bring us to true repentance, Lord, hear our prayer.
To govern and preserve Your holy Church, Lord, hear our prayer.
To preserve in holy religion the Pope, and all Holy Orders, Lord, hear our prayer.
To humble the enemies of holy Church, Lord, hear our prayer.
To give peace and unity to the whole Christian people, Lord, hear our prayer.
To recall to the unity of the Church all those who are straying, Lord, hear our prayer.
To bring all unbelievers to the light of the Gospel, Lord, hear our prayer.
To strengthen and preserve us in Your holy service, Lord, hear our prayer.
To raise our minds to desire the things of heaven, Lord, hear our prayer.
To reward all our benefactors with eternal blessings, Lord, hear our prayer.
To deliver our souls from eternal damnation, and the souls of our brethren, kinsmen, and benefactors, Lord, hear our prayer.
To give and preserve the fruits of the earth, Lord, hear our prayer.
To grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed, Lord, hear our prayer.
That it may please You to hear and heed us, Jesus, Son of the living God, Lord, hear our prayer.

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 Jesus, hear our prayer. Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.


II. The litany of Loreto

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.

Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother of mercy, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Saviour, pray for us.
Mother of the Church, pray for us.

Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.

Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Spiritual vessel, pray for us.
Vessel of honour, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of Ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of Heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.

Queen of angels, pray for us.
Queen of patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of prophets, pray for us.
Queen of apostles, pray for us.
Queen of martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of confessors, pray for us.
Queen of virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of families, pray for us.
Queen of peace, pray for us.

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.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy everlasting happiness. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


III. The litany of the Sacred Heart

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.

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Formed by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mother, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Substantially united to the Word of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Of Infinite Majesty, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Holy Temple of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Burning Furnace of charity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Vessel of Justice and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Most worthy of all praises, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, King and centre of all hearts, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, In Whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, In Whom dwelleth all the fulness of the Divinity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in Whom the Father is well pleased, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Of Whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Patient and abounding in mercy, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Rich unto all who call upon Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Fountain of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Atonement for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Filled with reproaches, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Bruised for our offenses, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Made obedient unto death, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Source of all consolation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Our Life and Resurrection, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Our Peace and Reconciliation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Victim for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Salvation of those who hope in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Hope of those who die in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Delight of all the Saints, have mercy on 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.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thine most-beloved Son, and upon the praises and satisfaction He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and appeased by worthy homage, pardon those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy Great Goodness in the name of the same Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.


IV. The litany of the Holy Name

Lord, have mercy,
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy,
Jesus, hear us. Jesus, 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.
Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Splendour of the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Brightness of eternal Light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of Glory, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Sun of Justice, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, the mighty God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the world to come, have mercy on us.
Jesus, angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Lover of Chastity, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Lover, have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of Peace, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Author of Life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Model of Virtues, have mercy on us.
Jesus, zealous for souls, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Refuge, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the Poor, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Treasure of the Faithful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, good Shepherd, have mercy on us.
Jesus, true Light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal Wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite Goodness, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Way and our Life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of the Angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Strength of Martyrs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Light of Confessors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Purity of Virgins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Crown of all Saints, have mercy on us.

Be merciful unto us, spare us, O Jesus!
Be merciful unto us, graciously hear us, O Jesus!

From all evil, deliver us, o Jesus!
From all sin, deliver us, o Jesus!
From Thy wrath, deliver us, o Jesus!
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, o Jesus!
From the spirit of fornication, deliver us, o Jesus!
From everlasting death, deliver us, o Jesus!
From the neglect of Thine inspirations, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thy Nativity, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thine Infancy, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thy most divine Life, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thy Labours, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thy Agony and Passion, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thy Cross and Dereliction, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thy Sufferings, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thy Death and Burial, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thy Resurrection, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thine Ascension, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thine Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thy Joys, deliver us, o Jesus!
Through Thy Glory, deliver us, o Jesus!

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Jesus!
Jesus, hear us, Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, Who has said: Ask and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: grant, we beseech Thee, to us who ask the grace of Thy most divine love, that we may love Thee with all our hearts, words and works, and never cease to praise Thee. Make us, O Lord, to have a continual fear and love of Thy holy Name; for Thou never ceasest to rule and govern those whom Thou doest solidly establish in Thy love. Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.


V. The litany of the Precious Blood

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.

Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, save us.
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, save us.
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony, save us.
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, save us.
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, save us.
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us.
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, save us.
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, save us.
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, save us.
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, save us.
Blood of Christ, victor over demons, save us.
Blood of Christ, courage of martyrs, save us.
Blood of Christ, strength of confessors, save us.
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins, save us.
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, save us.
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, save us.
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, save us.
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, save us.
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, save us.
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, save us.
Blood of Christ, pledge of Eternal Life, save us.
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, save us.
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honour, save 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.

V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.
R. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.

Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by his blood. Grant, we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

VI. The litany of Saint Joseph

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.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Illustrious son of David, pray for us.
Light of the patriarchs, pray for us.
Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.
Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Foster-father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Watchful defender of Christ, pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
Joseph most just, pray for us.
Joseph most chaste, pray for us.
Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
Joseph most valiant, pray for us.
Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
Joseph most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of patience, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of workmen, pray for us.
Glory of domestic life, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of families, pray for us.
Solace of the afflicted, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of demons, pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church, pray for 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.

V. He made him the lord of His household,
R. And prince over all His possessions.

Let Us Pray. O God, Who in Your ineffable providence were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your most Holy Mother, grant that as we venerate him as our protector on earth, we may be worthy to have him as our intercessor in Heaven, You Who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.