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Catholic Prayer: Litany of Saint Augustine

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St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church, one of the greatest intellects the world has ever known, was born in 354 at Tagaste, in northern Africa; through the prayers of his mother St. Monica and the teachings of St. Ambrose of Milan, he was converted from the Manichean heresey and a disordered life, and thereafter grew rapidly as a Christian apologist; in 396 became Bishop of Hippo and during his 35-year episcopate wrote the famous Confessions and De Civitate Dei and vast other works, was perhaps the greatest of the four Latin Doctors; lived in common with his clergy or clerks, whence the origin of the Augustinian Order (the Rule of St. Augustine, making him one of the four great founders of religious orders, is drawn from the 211th epistle which he wrote for nuns and which was later adapted for men); died 430, Patron of Theologians; Feast August 28, dp. in Latin Ch.; by Augustinians feast kept October 11, dp. 1 cl. oct. This litany is approved, and from Orate with permission.

Prayer:

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 Ghost, 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. Holy Father Augustine, Pray for us. Saint Augustine, example of contrite souls, Pray for us. St. Augustine, son of the tears of thy mother Monica, Pray for us. St. Augustine, light of teachers, Pray for us. St. Augustine, exterminator of heresies, Pray for us. St. Augustine, illustrious warrior against the foes of the Church, Pray for us. St. Augustine, pillar of the true faith, Pray for us. St. Augustine, vessel of Divine Wisdom, Pray for us. St. Augustine, rule of conduct for apostolic life, Pray for us. St. Augustine, whose heart was inflamed with the fire of Divine Love, Pray for us. St. Augustine, humble and merciful father, Pray for us. St. Augustine, zealous preacher of the Word of God, Pray for us. St. Augustine, precious treasure of confessors, Pray for us. St. Augustine, illumined expounder of Sacred Scriptures, Pray for us. St. Augustine, ornament of bishops, Pray for us. St. Augustine, light of the true Faith, Pray for us. St. Augustine, noble defender of Holy Church, Pray for us. St. Augustine, refulgence of the glory of God, Pray for us. St. Augustine, blossoming olive-tree of the House of God, Pray for us. St. Augustine, indefatigable adorer of the Most Holy Trinity, Pray for us. St. Augustine, inexhaustible fountain of Christian eloquence, Pray for us. St. Augustine, shining mirror of holiness, Pray for us. St. Augustine, model of all virtues, Pray for us. St. Augustine, consoler of the distressed, Pray for us. St. Augustine, comforter of the forsaken, Pray for us. St. Augustine, friend and helper of the poor, Pray for us. St. Augustine, our father, Pray for 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, O Lord!

Christ, hear us! Christ, graciously hear us!

Let us pray. O God, Who didst disclose to Saint Augustine the hidden mysteries of Thy wisdom and didst enkindle in his heart the flame of Divine Love, thus renewing in Thy Church the pillar of cloud and fire: graciously grant, that we pass safely through the storms of this world and reach the eternal fatherland which Thou didst promise us. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

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