The Litany of the Saints

This is a re-post of an item first posted several years ago in 2010. It is particularly timely for a repeat today on All Saints Day.

At this time of year, when we consider the Church as the whole Communion of Saints, both those here with us today and those gone on to glory, it is helpful to have a means to focus our attention on those who have gone on before us. We tend to forget the giants of the Faith who have gone before, and we lose our sense of connection to them. This is unfortunate, and it is our great loss. They are still just as much a part of the Church as we are, and we are in communion with them. We should pray for them, and solicit their prayers for ourselves, just as we ask our friends and family to pray for our concerns.

The Litany of the Saints helps to bring the whole long list of great saints of the Church back into focus. This is not to say that every important saint is included there by name; our own St. Frideswide is not included. But the point is to give us some sense of the scope of the Church that has gone before our time. I encourage you to use this Litany for All Saints’, All Souls, and at other times when you need to focus on the wider Church. (Responses are in bold face.)

Let us pray:

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

O Christ, hear us.
O Christ, graciously hear us.

O God, the Father in Heaven,
Have mercy upon us.
O God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy upon us.
O God, the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy upon us.
O Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy upon us.

Holy Mary,
Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Pray for us.
St. Michael,
Pray for us.
St. Gabriel,
Pray for us.
St. Raphael,
Pray for us.
All ye holy angels and archangels,
Pray for us.
All ye holy orders of blessed spirits,
Pray for us.
St. John Baptist,
Pray for us.
St. Joseph,
Pray for us.
All ye holy patriarchs and prophets,
Pray for us.
St. Peter,
Pray for us.
St. Paul,
Pray for us.
St. Andrew,
Pray for us.
St. James,
Pray for us.
St. John,
Pray for us.
St. Thomas,
Pray for us.
St. James,
Pray for us.
St. Phillip,
Pray for us.
St. Bartholomew,
Pray for us.
St. Matthew,
Pray for us.
St. Simon,
Pray for us.
St. Thaddeus,
Pray for us.
St. Matthias,
Pray for us.
St. Barnabas,
Pray for us.
St. Luke,
Pray for us.
St. Mark,
Pray for us.
All ye holy Apostles and Evangelists,
Pray for us.
All ye holy disciples of the Lord,
Pray for us.
All ye holy innocents,
Pray for us.
St. Stephen,
Pray for us.
St. Lawrence,
Pray for us.
St. Vincent,
Pray for us.
St. Fabian and St. Sebastian,
Pray for us.
St. John and St. Paul,
Pray for us.
St. Cosmas and St. Damian,
Pray for us.
St. Gervase and St. Protase,
Pray for us.
All ye holy martyrs,
Pray for us.
St. Sylvester,
Pray for us.
St. Gregory,
Pray for us.
St. Ambrose,
Pray for us.
St. Augustine,
Pray for us.
St. Jerome,
Pray for us.
St. Martin,
Pray for us.
St. Nicholas,
Pray for us.
All ye holy Bishops and Confessors,
Pray for us.

All ye holy Doctors,
Pray for us.
St. Anthony,
Pray for us.
St. Benedict,
Pray for us.
St. Bernard,
Pray for us.
St. Dominic,
Pray for us.
St. Francis,
Pray for us.
All ye holy Priests and Levites,
Pray for us.
All ye holy Monks and Hermits,
Pray for us.
St. Mary Magdalene
Pray for us.
St. Agatha,
Pray for us.
St. Lucy,
Pray for us.
St. Agnes,
Pray for us.
St. Cecilia,
Pray for us.
St. Katherine,
Pray for us.
St. Anastasia,
Pray for us.
All ye holy virgins and widows,
Pray for us.

All ye holy servants and handmaids of God,
Make intercession for us.
Be favorable,
Spare us, O Lord.
Be favorable,
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 unprepared death,
O Lord, deliver us.
From the snares of the devil,
O Lord, deliver us.
From anger and hatred and all evil will,
O Lord, deliver us.
From the spirit of fornication,
O Lord, deliver us.
From lightening 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.
By the mystery of thy Holy Incarnation,
O Lord, deliver us.
By thine Advent,
O Lord, deliver us.
By thy Nativity,
O Lord, deliver us.
By thy Baptism and holy Fasting,
O Lord, deliver us.
By thy Cross and Passion,
O Lord, deliver us.
By thy Death and Burial,
O Lord, deliver us.
By thy glorious Resurrection,
O Lord, deliver us.
By thy wonderful Ascension,
O Lord, deliver us.
By thy gift of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter,
O Lord, deliver us.
In the day of Judgment.
O Lord, deliver us.

We sinners beseech thee to hear us,
That it may please thee to spare us,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to pardon us,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to bring us to true repentance,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to govern and preserve thy holy Church,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to keep the Bishops and all Orders of the Church in holy religion,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to humble the enemies of holy Church,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to give true peace and concord to Christian kings and princes,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to give and preserve to our use the fruits of the earth,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to strengthen and preserve us in thy holy service,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please the lift our minds to heavenly desires,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to reward with eternal blessings all our benefactors,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, kinsfolk, and benefactors from everlasting damnation,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed,
We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please the graciously to hear us,
We beseech thee to hear us.
Son of God,
We beseech thee to hear us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy upon us.
O Christ, hear us.
O Christ, graciously hear us.
Lord, have mercy upon us,
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Collect for All Saints’ Day
O Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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About Father D

I am a priest of the Continuing Anglican Church, the continuation of orthodox Anglicanism into the present 21st century. My theology is definitely that of a Reformed Catholic point of view, neither Roman nor Calvinist.
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