Litany of St Francis

Recited communally on the evening preceding Perpetual
Profession of Vows and Ordination to the Diaconate

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,
God The Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,

Holy Mary, conceived without original sin,                    pray for us *
Holy Mary, special patroness of the three
Orders of Saint Francis,

Saint Francis, seraphic patriarch,                                  pray for us *
Saint Francis, most prudent father,
Saint Francis, despiser of the world,
Saint Francis, model of penance,
Saint Francis, conqueror of vices,
Saint Francis, imitator of The Savior,
Saint Francis, bearer of the marks of Christ,
Saint Francis, sealed with the character of Jesus,
Saint Francis, example of purity,
Saint Francis, image of humility,
Saint Francis, abounding in grace,
Saint Francis, reformer of the erring,
Saint Francis, healer of the sick,
Saint Francis, pillar of The Church,
Saint Francis, defender of The Faith,
Saint Francis, champion of Christ,
Saint Francis, defender of thy children,
Saint Francis, invulnerable shield,
Saint Francis, confounder of the heretics,
Saint Francis, converter of the pagans,
Saint Francis, supporter of the lame,
Saint Francis, raiser of the dead,
Saint Francis, healer of the lepers,
Saint Francis, our advocate,

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

=     Pray for us, O blessed father Francis,
+     That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray:

O LORD Jesus Christ, Who, when the world was growing cold, in order to renew in our hearts the flame of love, imprinted the sacred marks of Thy Passion on the body of our blessed father Francis, mercifully grant that by his merits and prayers we may persevere in bearing the cross and may bring forth fruits worthy of penance, You Who live and reign, world without end.

+     Amen.