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Catholic Prayer: Litany of Saint John of the Cross

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This litany, which, hardly does justice to its great subject, is from Instruction and Precautions of St. John of the Cross (Wheeling, 1918) and was kindly sent by the Rev. Joachim Smet, O.Carm., 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, Mother of God, Pray for us. Queen and Beauty of Carmel, Pray for us. Saint John of the Cross, Pray for us. St. John, our glorious Father, Pray for us. Beloved child of Mary, the Queen of Carmel, Pray for us. Fragrant flower of the garden of Carmel, Pray for us. Admirable possessor of the spirit of Elias, Pray for us. Foundation stone of the Carmelite Reform, Pray for us. Spiritual son, and beloved Father of St. Teresa, Pray for us. Most vigilant in the practice of virtue, Pray for us. Treasure of charity, Pray for us. Abyss of humility, Pray for us. Most perfect in obedience, Pray for us. Invincible in patience, Pray for us. Constant lover of poverty, Pray for us. Dove of simplicity, Pray for us. Thirsting for mortification, Pray for us. Prodigy of holiness, Pray for us. Mystical Doctor, Pray for us. Model of contemplation, Pray for us. Zealous preacher of the Word of God, Pray for us. Worker of miracles, Pray for us. Bringing joy and peace to souls, Pray for us. Terror of devils, Pray for us. Model of penance, Pray for us. Faithful guardian of Christ's Vineyard, Pray for us. Ornament and glory of Carmel, 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.

V. Holy Father Saint John of the Cross, pray for us: R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. O God, Who didst instill into the heart of Saint John of the Cross, Thy Confessor and our Father, a perfect spirit of self-abnegation, and a surpassing love of Thy Cross: grant, that assiduously following in his footsteps, we may attain to eternal glory. 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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