Wednesday, November 1, 2006

A Litany for the Feast of All Saints

Kyrie, eleison Kyrie, eleison
Christe, eleison Christe, eleison
Kyrie, eleison Kyrie, eleison

Father in heaven, God, have mercy on us
Son, Redeemer of the world, God, have mercy on us

Holy Spirit, God, have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us

Lady Wisdom, dwell in us
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
St. Joseph, pray for us
Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for us
St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us
St. Nathaniel, pray for us
St. Stephen, pray for us
St. Timothy, pray for us

St. Athanatius, pray for us
St. Martin of Tours, pray us
St. Benedict, pray for us
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us
Sts. Francis and Clare, pray for us
St. Lawrence, pray for us
St. Bruno, pray for us
St. Rose of Lima, pray for us
St. Catherine of Sienna, pray for us
All holy men and women, pray for us

Father, in the eucharistic sacrifice you unite us more fully with those who now live in your kingdom, by our frequent sharing in the body and blood of your Son bring us to the company of the eternal banquet

Our Father, who art in heavenOur Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Enjoy this lovely feast, assist at Mass, spend time asking your patron saint to intercede for you, your needs, and those around you. Rejoice at being part of the communion of saints. In John Allen's All Things Catholic column today he quotes Fr. Tonino Lasconi, a parish priest and author of numerous volumes on the renewal of catechesis in Italy, who observes: "We don’t talk to children anymore about their Guardian Angel, or their patron saint." He continues, "We can’t think that Mass and conventions are enough." His conclusion is all too true, "Without the saints, the faith vanishes."

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