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Catholic Prayer: Litany of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, "The Little Flower"

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The temptation to sentimentalize St. Therese has affected even the several litanies in her honor; this one has used what seems to be the best of these, from a Paulist booklet approved by Cardinal Hayes in 1925, but has also inserted a few invocations from a litany in a booklet issued by the Benedictines of Perpetual Adoration and approved by Bishop Le Blond of St. Joseph. The concluding prayer is the Collect from the Mass of October 3, as in the St. Andrew Daily Missal.

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 Ghost, Have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us. Holy Mary, Pray for us. Our Lady of Victory, Pray for us. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for us. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, Pray for us. St. Therese, Little Flower of Jesus, Pray for us. St. Therese, servant of God, Pray for us. St. Therese, victim of the merciful love of God, Pray for us. St. Therese, spouse of Jesus, Pray for us. St. Therese, angel of the cloister, Pray for us. St. Therese, remarkable in childhood, Pray for us. St. Therese, an example of obedience, Pray for us. St. Therese, resigned to the Divine Will, Pray for us. St. Therese, lover of peace, Pray for us. St. Therese, lover of patience, Pray for us. St. Therese, lover of gentleness, Pray for us. St. Therese, heroic in sacrifices,Pray for us. St. Therese, generous in forgiving, Pray for us. St. Therese, benefactress of the needy, Pray for us. St. Therese, lover of Jesus, Pray for us. St. Therese, devoted to the Holy Face, Pray for us. St. Therese, consumed with the love of God, Pray for us. St. Therese, advocate in extreme cases, Pray for us. St. Therese, persevering in prayer, Pray for us. St. Therese, lover of holy chastity, Pray for us. St. Therese, lover of voluntary poverty, Pray for us. St. Therese, lover of obedience, Pray for us. St. Therese, burning with zeal for God's glory, Pray for us. St. Therese, inflamed with the Spirit of Love, Pray for us. St. Therese, child of benediction, Help us in our need. St. Therese, perfect in simplicity, Help us in our need. St. Therese, remarkable for trust in God, Help us in our need. St. Therese, aid of missionaries, Help us in our need. St. Therese, who whilst immersed in the love of God vast yet a "little victim," Help us in our need. St. Therese, who saidst thou wouldst let fall a shower of roses after thy death, Help us in our need. St. Therese, who didst promise to spend thy heaven doing good on our earth, Help us in our need. St. Therese, who saidst thou wouldst not rest till the last soul was harvested, Help us in our need. St. Therese, teaching us the little way, Help us in our need. St. Therese, teaching us the sure way, Help us in our need.

V. Pray for us, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus: R. That we may learn to follow in thy little way.

Let us pray. O Lord, Who hast said: Unless ye become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven: grant us, we beseech Thee, so to follow in humility and simplicity of heart, the footsteps of the blessed virgin Teresa, that we may obtain everlasting rewards. Who livest and reignest, with the Father and the Holy Ghost ever one God, world without end. R. Amen.

Prayer Source: Kyrie Eleison — Two Hundred Litanies by Benjamin Francis Musser O.F.M., The Magnificat Press, 1944
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