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This litany is taken from the Official Holy Name Pocket Manual, Bureau of the Holy Name Society, NY, pp. 83-87. Copyright 1914, John T McNicholas. Imprimatur, Sept. 14, 1914, John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.


Lord have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, [pray for him.] [This response repeated after each petition.] All ye holy angels and archangels, Holy Abel, All ye choirs of the just, Holy Abraham, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph, All ye patriarchs and prophets, St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Andrew, St. John, All ye holy apostles and evangelists, All ye holy disciples of the Lord, All ye holy innocents, St. Stephen, St. Lawrence, All ye holy martyrs, St. Sylvester, St. Gregory, St. Augustine, All ye holy bishops and confessors, St. Benedict, St. Dominic, St. Francis, All ye holy monks and hermits, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Lucy, All ye holy virgins and widows, All ye saints of God, make intercession for him. Be merciful, spare him, O Lord.

Be merciful, [Deliver him, O Lord.] [This response repeated after each petition.] and from Thy anger, From an unhappy death, From the pains of hell, From the power of the devil, From all evil, By Thy nativity, By Thy cross and passion, By Thy death and burial, By Thy glorious resurrection, By Thy admirable ascension, By the grace of the Holy Ghost the Comforter, In the day of judgment,

We sinners beseech Thee to hear us. That Thou spare him, We beseech Thee to hear us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

Let us Pray.

God of mercy, God of goodness; O God, who, according to the multitude of Thy mercies, forgivest the sins of such as repent, and graciously remittest the guilt of their past offenses, mercifully regard this Thy servant N., and grant him a full discharge from all his sins, who most earnestly begs it of Thee. Remove, O merciful Father, whatever is corrupt in him through human frailty, or by the snares of the enemy; make him a true member of the Church, and let him partake of he fruit of Thy redemption. Have compassion, Lord, on his tears, and admit him to reconciliation with Thee, who has no hope but in Thee, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

I recommend thee, dear brother, to Almighty God, and leave thee to His mercy whose creature thou art; that having paid the common debt, by surrendering thy soul, thou mayest return to the Maker, who formed thee out of the earth. May, therefore, the splendid company of angels meet they soul at its departure; may the court of the apostles receive thee; may the triumphant army of glorious martyrs conduct thee; may the crowds of joyful confessors encompass thee; may the choir of blessed virgins go before thee; may a happy rest be they portion in the company of the patriarchs; and may Christ Jesus appear to thee with a mild and cheerful countenance, and give thee place among those who are to be in His presence forever. Mayest thou be a stranger to all that which is punished with darkness, chastised with flames, and condemned with torments. May the wicked enemy, with all his evil spirits, depart from thee; may he tremble at thy approach in the company of the angels, and retire into the horrid confusion of eternal night. May they God arise, and thy enemies be put to flight. May all who hate him fly before His face. Let them vanish like smoke, and as wax before the fire; so let sinners perish in the sight of God; but for the just, let them rejoice and be happy in His presence. May he rest in peace. Amen.

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