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Catholic Prayer: Litany of St. Gertrude the Great

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This very old litany is from St. Benedict's Manual (1875), which had taken it over in a translation from some early German source not now ascertainable.

Prayer:

Antiphon: Lord Jesus! in union with that love which drew Thee down upon earth, and caused Thee to fulfill the work of our Redemption, I offer Thee this 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, All ye holy Choirs of Angels,Pray for us, All ye Saints and Elect of God, Pray for us, Saint Gertrude, Pray for us, Thou chaste virgin, Pray for us, Thou beloved daughter of the Heavenly Father, Pray for us, Thou chosen bride of Jesus Christ, Pray for us, Thou temple of the Holy Ghost, Pray for us, Thou joy of the Holy Trinity, Pray for us, Thou fragrant flower in the hand of Jesus Christ, Pray for us, Thou ever-blooming spring flower, Pray for us, Thou rose without thorns, Pray for us, Thou chaste dove without the stain of sin, Pray for us, Thou earthly seraph, Pray for us, Thou living sanctuary, Pray for us, Thou strong protection of all who venerate thee, Pray for us,

Jesus Christ, Spouse of Saint Gertrude, Have mercy on us, Through her humility, Through her charity, Have mercy on us, Through her untiring patience, Have mercy on us, Through the ardent love she bore Thee, Have mercy on us, Through the delight with which Thou didst dwell in her heart, Have mercy on us, Through the love Thou hast for her, Have mercy on us, Through the love with which Thou hast chosen her from eternity, Have mercy on us, Through the love with which Thou didst so sweetly attract her to Thyself, Have mercy on us, Through the love with which Thou so delightfully didst unite her to Thyself, Have mercy on us, Through the love with which Thou so complacently dwelt in her heart, Have mercy on us, Through the love with which Thou didst end her life with a happy death, Have mercy on us, Through the love with which Thou hast conferred on her eternal life, Have mercy on us, Through the love with which Thou lovest and rejoicest all the Blessed, Jesus Christ, Have mercy on 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.

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

Let us pray. O Lord Jesus, by the love Thou didst bear to the virginal heart of Saint Gertrude, and by which Thou hast promised that no sinner, who would honor and love her, should die a sudden and unprovided death: grant me, I beseech Thee, this grace, and let me so love Thee, and repent of my sins, that with faith and confidence I may expect a happy death.

O God, Who in the heart of the holy virgin Gertrude didst provide for Thyself a pleasing abode: through her merits, do Thou cleanse from our hearts every stain of sin, and grant that we may enjoy fellowship with her for evermore. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. R. Amen.

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