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Catholic Prayer: Litany of Saint Dominic

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This litany is very old if not Medieval; this translation taken from the Dominican Mission Book (Thos. Noonan Co., Boston, 1883), bearing Archbishop Williams' imprimatur. See Life of St. Dominic, by Fr. Bede Jarrett, O.P. (B. O. & W., London).

Prayer:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, 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. Holy Mother of God, Pray for us. Holy Virgin of virgins, Pray for us. Our glorious Father, Saint Dominic, Pray for us. Follower of Jesus Christ, Pray for us. Eminently endowed with the virtues of His Sacred Heart, Pray for us. Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament, Pray for us. Singularly devoted to our Blessed Lady, Pray for us. Promoter of her honor, Pray for us. Promulgator of the Holy Rosary, Pray for us. Splendor of the priesthood, Pray for us. Founder of the Friars Preachers, Pray for us. Confounder of the Albigenses, Pray for us. Reviver of ecclesiastical discipline, Pray for us. Rose of patience, Pray for us. Most ardent for the salvation of souls, Pray for us. Most desirous of martyrdom, Pray for us. Evangelical man, Pray for us. Doctor of truth, Pray for us. Ivory of chastity, Pray for us. Man of truly apostolic heart, Pray for us. Poor in the midst of riches, Pray for us. Rich in an unspotted life, Pray for us. Burning with zeal for perishing souls, Pray for us. Preacher of the Gospel, Pray for us. Rule of abstinence, Pray for us. Herald of heavenly things, Pray for us. Salt of the earth, Pray for us. Who didst water the earth with thy pious blood, Pray for us. Shining in the choir of virgins, Pray for us. Saint Dominic most humble, Pray for us. Saint Dominic most obedient, Pray for us. Saint Dominic most chaste, Pray for us. Saint Dominic most charitable, Pray for us. That at the hour of death we may be received into heaven with you, Pray for us.

Be merciful unto us, O Lord, And pardon us. Be merciful unto us, O Lord, And graciously hear us.

From all sin and evil, O Lord, deliver us. From the snares of the devil, O Lord, deliver us. From eternal death, O Lord, deliver us. By the merits of our holy Father, Saint Dominic, O Lord, deliver us. By his ardent love, O Lord, deliver us. By his indefatigable zeal, O Lord, deliver us. By his extraordinary labors, O Lord, deliver us. By his inexpressible penances, O Lord, deliver us. By his voluntary poverty, O Lord, deliver us. By his perpetual chastity, O Lord, deliver us. By his perfect obedience, O Lord, deliver us. By his profound humility, O Lord, deliver us. By his rare constancy, O Lord, deliver us. By all his other virtues, O Lord, deliver 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.

V. O wonderful hope which thou gayest to those who wept for thee at the hour of thy death, promising after thy departure to be helpful to thy brethren: R. Fulfil, O father, what thou hast said, and help us by thy prayers. V. O thou who didst shine illustrious by so many miracles, wrought on the bodies of the sick: bring us to the help of Christ to heal our sick souls. R. Fulfil, O father, what thou hast said, and help us by thy prayers.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O holy Father Saint Dominic: R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. O God, Who hast enlightened Thy Church by the eminent virtues and preaching of Saint Dominic, Thy confessor and our father: mercifully grant that by his prayers we may be provided against all temporal necessities, and daily improve in all spiritual good. Through Jesus 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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