The Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

The litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

This Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus brings to mind the words of St. Paul: “whatever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col 3:17). This tribute of supplication to our Lord is thought to have been composed by two 15th century champions of devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, St. Bernardine of Siena and his student St. John of Capistrano. It gives us a good opportunity to meditate on both our Lord’s attributes and His life while asking Him for heavenly guidance and assistance.

The Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus received the Church’s approval for private use by Pope Sixtus V in 1585, and public recitation by Pope Leo XIII in 1886. (It is one of only six Litanies approved for public use.) The Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus on January 3rd.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, 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, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Brightness of eternal Light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of Glory, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Sun of Justice, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, the mighty God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the world to come, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Lover of Chastity, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Lover, have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of Peace, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Author of Life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Model of Virtues, have mercy on us.
Jesus, zealous for souls, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Refuge, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the Poor, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Treasure of the Faithful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, good Shepherd, have mercy on us.
Jesus, true Light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal Wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite Goodness, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Way and our Life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of the Angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Strength of Martyrs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Light of Confessors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Purity of Virgins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Crown of all Saints, have mercy on us.
Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus!
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus!
From all evil, deliver us, O Jesus!
From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus!
From Thy wrath, deliver us, O Jesus!
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Jesus!
From the spirit of fornication, deliver us, O Jesus!
From everlasting death, deliver us, O Jesus!
From the neglect of Thine inspirations, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thy Nativity, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thy Infancy, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thy most divine Life, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thy Labors, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thy Agony and Passion, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thy Cross and Dereliction, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thy Sufferings, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thy Death and Burial, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thy Resurrection, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thine Ascension, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thine Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thy Joys, deliver us, O Jesus!
Through Thy Glory, deliver us, O Jesus.

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us, O Jesus!

V. Jesus, hear us.
R. Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let us pray
O Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast said, “Ask and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the grace of Thy divine charity, that we may ever love Thee with our whole heart, and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising Thee. Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy Holy Name, for Thou never fails to govern those whom Thou solidly establishes in Thy love. Thou, Who lives and reigns forever and ever. R. Amen.

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