Litany of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

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

Holy Mary, Mother of God,   pray for us.
Queen conceived without sin,   pray for us.
Saint Bernard, etc.
St. Bernard, who in giving thyself to God, drew many souls to Him,
St. Bernard, prodigy of the eleventh age,
St. Bernard, ornament of the clergy,
St. Bernard, terror of heretics,
St. Bernard, oracle of the Church,
St. Bernard, light of bishops,
St. Bernard, most humble,
St. Bernard, burning with zeal for the glory of God,
St. Bernard, most ardent for the honor of Mary,
St. Bernard, most beloved son of the Queen of Angels,
St. Bernard, most pure in body and mind,
St. Bernard, perfect model of poverty and mortification,
St. Bernard, most ardent in charity to all,
St. Bernard, who feared God and not earthly powers,
St. Bernard, whose whole exterior breathed holiness,
St. Bernard, whose very look spoke of God,
St. Bernard, flower of religious,
St. Bernard, who never lost sight of the presence of God,
St. Bernard, angel of Clairvaux,
St. Bernard, always absorbed in God,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Hear us, O Lord.
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,
    Have mercy on us, O Lord.

Let Us Pray

        O great saint, who from the very dawn of life turned all the powers of thy soul and the noble affections of thy pure and loving heart toward thy Creator; O angel clothed in mortal flesh, who appeared in this valley of tears as a bright lily of purity to shed around thee the good odor of Christ, to show to all the beauty of virtue, and to point out to thousands the way to Heaven-O pray for us, that truly despising all earthly objects, we may live for God alone.  R. Amen.


The Memorare of St. Bernard

        Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.  Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.  R. Amen.


        St.  Bernard of Clairvaux, Oracle of the 12th Century, and Doctor of the Church: St. Bernard was born around 1091 of a noble family at Castle Fontaines near Dijon, France.  At age 22 he took 32 of his relatives with him to join the Cistercian monastery of Citeaux.  St. Bernard is considered the second founder of the Cistercian Order, and he was the first abbot of the abbey of Clairvaux.  He became the greatest preacher of his time, performed innumerable miracles (including raising many people from the dead), preached the second Crusade, and dominated political and ecclesiastical events all over Europe from age 25 to his death in 1153. Yet he also reached the heights of contemplation and left some of the Church's greatest mystical writings, particularly On the Necessity of Loving God, and his Sermons on the Song of Songs.  St. Bernard is known as "The Mellifluous Doctor" and is considered the last of the Fathers of the Church.