Posted by: liturgicalyear | March 6, 2012

Litany of the Passion of Our Lord

From my experience, it seems that praying litanies has fallen out of fashion.  I can only remember a couple of times when I’ve prayed them in my church, and I think I was involved in the planning of both of those events.

Personally, I don’t particularly enjoy them as a method of prayer.  My problem is that I don’t have the patience or attention span.  I always feels like they take too long, and on top of that I have a hard time concentrating.  Well what conclusion would any Lenten Catholic conclude but to say, “This might be just the sacrificial Lenten practice I need!”  Ha!

So I decided to mix up my prayer by praying the Litany of the Passion of the Lord.  I’ve included it in this post in case you’re looking for a varied or penitential form of prayer this Lent.  You will find it below, or you can click here to print out a copy.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world,  Anne

LITANY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

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 Spirit,  Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One, God, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, the Eternal Wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, sold for thirty pieces of silver, have mercy on us.
Jesus, prostrate on the ground in prayer, have mercy on us.
Jesus, strengthened by an angel, have mercy on us.
Jesus, in Thine agony bathed in a blood sweat, have mercy on us.
Jesus, betrayed by Judas with a kiss, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bound by the soldiers in heavy restrictive chains, have mercy on us.
Jesus forsaken by Thy disciples, have mercy on us.
Jesus, brought before Annas and Caiphas, have mercy on us.
Jesus, struck many times in the face by evil men, have mercy on us.
Jesus, accused by false witnesses, have mercy on us.
Jesus, declared guilty of death, have mercy on us.
Jesus, spat upon hundreds of times, have mercy on us.
Jesus, blindfolded, have mercy on us.
Jesus, smitten on the cheek, hundreds of times, have mercy on us.
Jesus, thrice denied by Peter, have mercy on us.
Jesus, despised and mocked by Herod, have mercy on us.
Jesus, clothed in a filthy garment, have mercy on us.
Jesus, rejected for Barabbas, have mercy on us.
Jesus, whose flesh was torn to the bone with hideous scourges,
by demonically possessed men, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bruised for sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, esteemed a leper, have mercy on us.
Jesus, mocked and covered with a purple robe, have mercy on us.
Jesus, crowned with long, deadly thorns, have mercy on us.
Jesus, repeatedly struck by blows and kicks over Thy entire Body, have mercy on us.
Jesus, demanded for crucifixion by the Jews, have mercy on us.
Jesus, condemned to an ignominious death, have mercy on us.
Jesus, given up to the will of Thine enemies, have mercy on us.
Jesus, loaded with the heavy weight of the Cross, have mercy on us.
Jesus, falling many times while carrying the cross, have mercy on us.
Jesus, spat upon hundreds of times while carrying the cross, have mercy on us.
Jesus, led like a sheep to the slaughter, have mercy on us.
Jesus, barbarously stripped of Thy clothes causing Thy wounds to reopen, have mercy on us.
Jesus, fastened by long blunt nails to the cross, have mercy on us.

Jesus, reviled by the malefactors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, promising Paradise to the penitent thief, have mercy on us.
Jesus, commending St. John to Thy Mother as her son, have mercy on us.
Jesus, declaring Thyself forsaken by Thy Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, struggling for every breath on the cross, have mercy on us.
Jesus, in Thy thirst given gall and vinegar to drink, have mercy on us.
Jesus, testifying that all things written concerning Thee were accomplished, have mercy on us.
Jesus, the God Man, dying to save the whole world, have mercy on us.
Jesus, commending Thy spirit into the hands of Thy Father, have mercy on us.

Jesus, obedient even to the death of the cross, have mercy on us.
Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.
Jesus, made a propitiation for us, have mercy on us.
Jesus, taken down from the cross, have mercy on us.
Jesus, laid in the sepulcher, have mercy on us.
Jesus, rising gloriously from the dead, have mercy on us.
Jesus, ascending into Heaven, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Advocate with the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, sending down on Thy disciples the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, have mercy on us.
Jesus, exalting Thy Mother above the choirs of angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who shall come to judge the living and the dead, have mercy on us.

Be merciful, spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord.

From all evil, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
From all sin, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
From anger, hatred, and every evil will, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
From war, famine, and pestilence, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
From all dangers of mind and body, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
From everlasting death, Lord Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thy most pure Conception, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy miraculous Nativity, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy humble Circumcision, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy baptism and holy fasting, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy labors and watchings, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy cruel scourging and crowning, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy thirst, and tears, and nakedness, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy precious death and Cross, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy sending forth the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
In the Day of Judgment, Lord Jesus, deliver us.
We sinners beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wilt spare us, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wilt pardon us, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wilt bring us to true penance, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wilt mercifully pour into our hearts,the grace of the Holy Spirit, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wilt defend and propagate Thy holy Church, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wilt preserve and increase, all societies assembled in Thy Holy Name, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wilt bestow upon us true peace, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wilt give us perseverance in grace and in Thy holy service, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wilt deliver us from unclean thoughts, from the temptations of the devil,
and from everlasting damnation, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wilt unite us to the company of Thy saints, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wilt graciously hear us, we beseech Thee, hear 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. Christ, hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.
V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee,
R. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Let Us Pray
Almighty and eternal God, Who didst appoint Thine only-begotten Son the Saviour of the world and willed to be appeased by His blood, grant that we may so venerate this Price of our Salvation, and by its might be so defended upon earth from the evils of this present life, that in Heaven we may rejoice in its everlasting fruit. Through Christ Our Lord Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. R. Amen!

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