The Litany of the Saints an ancient prayer

Today in history and every day we remember all the angels who passed on to their next life like Pope John Paul II.

The Litany of the saints is one of the oldest Catholic prayers still in use.

It was prayed in earlier forms in the procession of St. Mamertus, the Bishop of Vienna, in the fifth century, and in St. Gregory the Great’s Litania Septiformis  a ”sevenfold procession” of the clergy and the faithful,

Gregorys’ Great’s Litania Septiformis  followed a terrible spate of floods and disease in Rome in 590.

Disease as we know is caused by the neglect or the sabotage of men who can even create floods and men and their kind have also tampered with the environment and the weather on our planet.

Thus we pray the Litany of the Saints so God can help us with the problems caused by men and their kind.

Its stature is such that it is one of only six litanies authorized for use in public services by the Holy See.

The Litany of the Saints is often recited or sung in a shorter form than the one given below (which is itself an abridged version!) on All Saints Day (naturally enough!).

All Saints Day 1 November for Western Christianity and the Sunday after Pentecost Eastern Christianity and starts at midnight the night of October 31st

The Litany of the Saints is a moving appeal for help from many of our greatest saints, as well as for divine protection.

The Litany of the Saints is also often a special part of both the Easter Vigil (the mass in which those who have received instruction in our faith are baptized) and Ordination Masses for priests, deacons, and bishops, as well.

The Litany of the Saints can be prayed alone or in a group setting. (As in a church service, the group responds to a leader with the italicized words below. Each response in the Litany of the Saints is repeated after each line until a change appears.)

 The Litany of the Saints reminds us of a moving line about them from one of the Eucharistic prayers to God the Father said at Mass: “May their merits and prayers gain us Your constant help and protection.”

Jose Maria Chavira M.S. Adagio 1st Nome de Plume JC Angelcraft Dominus Dominorumest et rexregum et reginarum

World Scripture for Daily Living

Littany of the Saints

”Catholic prayers are like any others and when prayed from the heart with your whole heart, your whole mind, your whole soul and all your strength they are a great compliment to your spiritual life.” wee bitty bunny









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