Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Litany of the Saints


One of the prayers that Satan hates the most is the 'Litany of the Saints.' This is known by myself first hand after helping in many exorcism sessions where demons often shrieked in horror, fear or outright rebellion when the Litany was prayed at the beginning of the exorcism. This is one of many common hatreds that Protestants and Satan share in. Sadly Satan and the Protestants walk side by side, arm in arm in their insolence towards God and His family. This Litany, which has grown throughout time as the Church has grown, however dates back to the earliest days of the Church and is said to be apostolic. In fact there are documents which date back to Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus’s time, 270AD, and Saint Basil’s writings tell us of his devotion to the Saints and their images, which he also believed originated from the apostles. “Wherefore also I honour and kiss the features of their images, inasmuch as they have been handed down from the holy apostles, and are not forbidden, but are in all our churches.” (Letter 360) Saint Gregory the great is also said to have to had processions in which the Litany of the Saints was sung. Throughout history it has been an active part of the Church's prayer life. 
Since Holy Mother Church has always regarded this Litany as a treasure trove of grace, should we not say this Litany often as we can in our own private devotions as well? Knowing that Holy Mother Church has always had a special affection for this prayer, and knowing that Satan and his minions are offended by it, we should be enkindled for our love of God, His Church and His family to recite it often and with conviction. Make it a part of your regular prayer life and invoke the intercession of the Saints, for your own salvation and that of the whole world. 


  • 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.

2 comments:

Andrew W said...

Excellent post. While I often include the Litany of Loreto in my private devotions, I can probably count on one hand how many times I have prayed the Litany of the Saints outside of a liturgical ritual (and I think it was a part of another devotion that included this prayer). I will definately start including this in my regular "rotation" of prayers and devotions.

rebekah said...

Great article. I am going to start praying this on a regular basis now!:)