Litany of Saint Benedict

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.

Holy Mary,   Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,  Pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, etc.
Holy Father, Saint Benedict,
Father most reverend,
Father most renowned,
Father most compassionate,
Man of great fortitude,
Man of venerable life,
Man of the most holy conversation,
True servant of God,
Light of devotion,
Light of prayer,
Light of contemplation,
Star of the world,
Best master of an austere life,
Leader of the holy warfare,
Leader and chief of monks,
Master of those who die to the world,
Protector of those who cry to thee,
Wonderful worker of miracles,
Revealer of the secrets of the human heart,
Master of spiritual discipline,
Companion of the patriarchs,
Equal of the prophets,
Follower of the Apostles,
Teacher of martyrs,
Father of many pontiffs,
Gem of abbots,
Glory of confessors,
Imitator of anchorites,
Associate of virgins,
Colleague of all the saints,

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.   Intercede for us, O holy father Saint Benedict,
R.  That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

            O God, Who hast called us from the vanity of the world, and Who dost incite us to the reward of a heavenly vocation under the guidance of our holy patriarch and founder, Saint Benedict, inspire and purify our hearts and pour forth on us Thy grace, whereby we may persevere in Thee.  Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. R. Amen.



        St. Benedict, Father of Western Monasticism: Born at Nursia in Umbria near Rome around 480, St. Benedict fled from the license of Rome and lived as a hermit in Subiaco.  When a multitude of disciples gathered around him, he built the Monastery of Monte Cassino, the birthplace of western monasticism.  For the monks there he wrote the Rule which bears his name and from which most monastic rules in the Church have been derived.  St. Benedict made the Divine Office the center of monastic life.  He was never ordained a priest.  He was known for his holiness, wisdom, and miracles, including raising people from the dead.  Benedictine monks taught the barbarians to work and pray, and they educated western Europe.  St. Benedict died around 547.  Monte Cassino was destroyed during World War 11, but has been rebuilt.