Litanies

“The priestly act by which Jesus—the Man Jesus, who is one with the Son of God—gives himself over to the Father for us; it is the expression of the fact that he is both priest and victim.” cf: Chrism Mass homily of Pope Benedict XVI, Holy Thursday, 2009

A litany us a traditional form of prayer used by the Church in responsive petition. Litanies are powerful forms of prayer that can be recited in public or private for special intentions. Sponsors may wish to add a litany to the prayers they regularly offer for priests.

  • Litany for Priests
  • Litany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Priest and Victim
  • Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Click here to download a printable pdf of this prayer Jesus, meek and humble of heart, give all priests Thy spirit of humility; Jesus, poor and worn out for souls, give all priests Thy spirit of zeal; Jesus, full of patience and mercy for sinners, give all priests Thy spirit of compassion; Jesus, victim for the sins of the world, give all priests Thy spirit of sacrifice; Jesus, lover of the little and the poor, give all priests Thy spirit of charity. Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us; and obtain for us numerous and holy priests and religious. AMEN.
Click here to download a printable pdf of this prayer Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy, Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy. Christ hear us, Christ, hear us. Christ graciously 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.

Jesus, Priest and Victim, Have mercy on us. Jesus, Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek, Have mercy on us. Jesus, Priest Whom God sent to evangelize the poor, Have mercy on us. Jesus, Priest Who at the Last Supper instituted the everlasting Sacrifice, Have mercy on us. Jesus, Priest always living to intercede for us, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest anointed by the Father with the Holy Spirit and with power, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest taken from among men, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest appointed on behalf of men, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest of our confession of faith, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest of a greater glory than Moses, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest of the true Tabernacle, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest of the good things to come, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest, holy, innocent and undefiled, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest, faithful and merciful, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest of God and on fire with zeal for souls, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest, perfect forever, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest, Who by Your own Blood entered the heavens, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, High Priest, Who gave eternal life for us Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest, Who loved us and washed us from our sins in Your Blood, Have mercy on us. Jesus, High Priest, Who offered Yourself to God as an oblation and sacrificial Victim, Have mercy on us. Jesus, sacrificial Victim of God and of men, Have mercy on us. Jesus, holy and immaculate sacrificial Victim, Have mercy on us. Jesus, pleasing sacrificial Victim, Have mercy on us. Jesus, peace-making sacrificial Victim, Have mercy on us. Jesus, Victim of propitiation and of praise, Have mercy on us. Jesus, Sacrifice of reconciliation and of peace, Have mercy on us. Jesus, sacrificial Victim in Whom we have confidence and access to God, Have mercy on us. Jesus, sacrificial Victim living forever and ever, Have mercy on us.

Be merciful, Spare us, O Jesus. Be merciful, Graciously hear us, O Jesus.

From rashly entering the clergy, Safeguard Your servants From the sin of sacrilege, Safeguard Your servants. From the spirit of incontinence, Safeguard Your servants. From sordid self-interest, Safeguard Your servants. From every lapse into simony, Safeguard Your servants. From the unworthy administration of the Church’s treasures, Safeguard Your servants. From the love of the world and its vanities, Safeguard Your servants. From the unworthy celebration of Your Mysteries, Safeguard Your servants. Through Your eternal priesthood, Safeguard Your servants. Through the holy anointing by which GOD the Father made You a priest, Safeguard Your servants. Through Your priestly spirit, Safeguard Your servants. Through the ministry by which You glorified Your Father on earth, Safeguard Your servants. Through the bloody immolation of Yourself made once and for all upon the Cross, Safeguard Your servants. Through that same sacrifice daily renewed on the altar, Safeguard Your servants. Through the divine power that You exercise invisibly in Your priests, Safeguard Your servants.   That You would deign to maintain the whole priestly order in holy religion, We beseech You, hear us. That You would deign to provide Your people with pastors after Your own Heart, We beseech You, hear us. That You would deign to fill them with the spirit of Your priesthood, We beseech You, hear us. That the lips of Your priests might preserve true knowledge, We beseech You, hear us. That You would deign to send faithful workers into Your harvest, We beseech You, hear us. That You would deign to multiply the faithful dispensers of Your mysteries, We beseech You, hear us. That You would deign to grant them persevering obedience to Your will, We beseech You, hear us. That You would deign to give them gentleness in their ministry, skill in their actions, and constancy in their prayer, We beseech You, hear us. That through them You may promote the veneration of the Blessed Sacrament all over the world, We beseech You, hear us. That You would deign to receive into Your joy those who have served You well, Hear us, we beseech You, hear 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, O Lord.   Jesus, our Priest, Hear us. Jesus, our Priest, Graciously hear us.   Let us pray. O God, Sanctifier and Guardian of Your Church, raise up in her through Your Spirit, suitable and faithful dispensers of the holy Mysteries, so that by their ministry and example, the Christian people may be guided under Your protection in the path of salvation. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen   O God, Who, when the disciples were worshipping and fasting, ordered that Saul and Barnabas be set apart for the work to which You called them, be with Your Church now as she prays, and You, who know the hearts of all, show those whom You have chosen for Your ministry. Through Christ, Our Lord.

Amen

Click here to download a printable pdf of this prayer 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 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 the Church, pray for us Mother of divine grace, 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 Savior, 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 honor, 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 most holy Rosary, pray for us Queen of families, pray for us Queen of peace, pray for us

Lamb of God, You take away sins of the world; Spare us, O Lord. Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world; Graciously hear us, O Lord. Lamb of God, Your take 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 beg you, O Lord God, that we your servants may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord.

AMEN.