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Catholic Prayer: Litany in Honor of Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

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This litany must have been written on the occasion of his canonization (1839), since it appears in 1844 in an old Dutch prayer-book, Missiebock, Mechelen. I find it also, in English, in Sadlier's Golden Manual of 1851, and of course in more recent books. It is in the Manual of the Purgatorian Society, reprint from the Manual C.SS.R. The Very Rev. William T. McCarty, C.SS.R., Provincial, kindly gave permission to include this in our collection.

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. Virgin Immaculate, Pray for us. Saint Alphonsus-Maria de Liguori, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, model of piety from tenderest youth, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, scourge of heresies, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, defender of the Catholic faith, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, always occupied in evangelizing the poor, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, tender comforter of the afflicted, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, instructed in the Divine art of converting sinners, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, enlightened guide in the path of perfection, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, who became all things to all men, to gain all for Jesus Christ, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, new ornament of the Religious state, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, bold champion of ecclesiastical discipline, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, model of submission and devotion to the Sovereign Pontiff, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, who didst watch unceasingly over the flock committed to thee, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, full of solicitude for the common good of the Church, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, glory of the Priesthood and of the Episcopate, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, shining mirror of all virtues, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, full of tenderest love for the Infant Jesus, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, inflamed with Divine love whilst offering the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, fervent adorer of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, penetrated with lively compassion while meditating on the sufferings of our Divine Saviour, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, specially devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, favored by apparitions of the Mother of God, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, leading an angelic life, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, a true patriarch in thy paternal solicitude for the people of God, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, endowed with the gift of prophecy and miracles, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, an apostle by the extent and fruit of thy labors, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, a martyr by thy austerities, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, a confessor by thy writings full of the Spirit of God, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, a virgin by thy purity of soul and body, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, a model of missionaries, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, founder of the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer, Pray for us. St. Alphonsus, our tender father and powerful protector, 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.

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

Pray for us, Saint Alphonsus: R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. O God, Who by the blessed Alphonsus-Maria, Thy Confessor and Bishop, inflamed with zeal for souls, hast enriched Thy Church with a new progeny: we beseech Thee that, taught by his saving counsels, and strengthened by his example, we may happily come to Thee. 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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