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Catholic Prayer: Litany of Saint John of God

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This litany was sent by Brother Matthias Barrett OSJD, Superior of the Brothers Community at West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Br Matthias subsequently left the Hospitaller Order and founded the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1951 and he died there in 1990.

The initials, OSJD, were replaced in 1959 with OH (Order of Hospitallers).

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.
Saint John of God, who art our Father, Pray for us.
St. John, who from thine infancy manifested such tenderness for the unhappy, Pray for us.
St. John, faithful worker from thy youth, Pray for us.
St. John, who didst understand the state of the poor and needy, Pray for us.
St. John of God, who didst receive this name from the mouth of Our Lord, Pray for us.
St. John, Man of Compassion, vowed to all kinds of good works, Pray for us.
St. John, to whom God has confided the poor and little, Pray for us.
St. John, who didst give liberally and with joy, Pray for us.
St. John, who didst deliver the poor and save the destitute, Pray for us.
St. John, feet of the lame, Pray for us.
St. John, eyes of the blind, Pray for us.
St. John, father of the needy, Pray for us.
St. John, help of orphans, Pray for us.
St. John, protector of virgins and widows, Pray for us.
St. John, consoler of the afflicted, Pray for us.
St. John, champion of the oppressed, Pray for us.
St. John, physician for all complaints, Pray for us.
St. John, joy of the sick, Pray for us.
St. John, consolation of the dying, Pray for us.
St. John, refuge of the miserable, Pray for us.
St. John, furnace of charity, Pray for us.
St. John, lover of chastity, Pray for us.
St. John, meek and humble of heart, Pray for us.
St. John, martyr by desire, Pray for us.
St. John, model of patience, Pray for us.
St. John, victim of penance, Pray for us.
St. John, triumpher over demons, Pray for us.
St. John, who didst merit the special assistance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of St. John the Evangelist, Pray for us.
St. John, whom the Archangel Raphael often visited and helped, Pray for us.
St. John, who didst expire on thy knees holding the crucifix, Pray for us.
St. John, on the day of Judgment, 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.

Pray for us, O our Father, Saint John of God:
R. That we may become your faithful imitators.

Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst grant to Blessed John of God, our Patriarch and Thy faithful servant, so abundant a charity toward the poor, that he devoted himself to their service in becoming their Father: grant that we may serve Thy suffering members with a charity which may merit for us the reward of being united for ever in Heaven with Thee, our Divine Head, Who livest and reignest with the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost for ever and ever. Amen.

O glorious Saint John of God! Full of compassion and tenderness for the afflicted! Thou, who as a reward for thy charity, didst merit to minister to Jesus Christ under the appearance of a pilgrim: obtain for us the grace ever to see Jesus Christ in the person of our neighbor, so that we may be found worthy to receive the eternal bliss promised to those who serve the Divine Master in the person of the sick. Amen.

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