Litany of Saint Albert the Great

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.
Saint Albert,
Man after the heart of God,
Zealous client of Mary,
Worthy son of Saint Dominic,
Mighty defender of the Faith,
Solid rock of hope,
Burning seraph of love,
Enlightened cherub of wisdom,
Valiant defender of justice,
Sure norm of prudence,
Bright mirror of temperance,
Unshakable pillar of fortitude,
Living model of humility,
Shining example of poverty,
Pure lily of chastity,
True model of obedience,
Precious vessel of all virtues,
Zealous imitator of the Apostles,
Bright gem of bishops,
Singular ornament of doctors,
Special glory of thy order,
Golden treasure of thy fatherland,
Certain protector of thy clients,
Albert the Great,
In anguish and in need,
In tribulation and in persecution,
In the hour of death,

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.

Christ, have mercy on us.
    Lord, have mercy on us.
Pray for us, Saint Albert,
    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

        O God, Who richly adorned Saint Albert with Thy heavenly gifts and decorated him with all virtues, grant us, Thy servants, that we may follow in his footsteps, may persevere in Thy service until death and may securely obtain an everlasting reward, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son Our Lord.  R. Amen.


        This litany dates from the sixteenth century.

        St. Albert the Great, Doctor of the Church: Born in 1205 near Augsburg, Germany, St. Albert received the Dominican habit in 1222.  He was consecrated a bishop, but after two years he resigned his see to devote the rest of his life to writing and to activities of the Dominican Order.  A tradition says that Our Lady appeared to him and offered him the gift of great knowledge-either human or divine.  When he chose the former, she granted it, but told him that because he had not chosen knowledge of divine things, the gift would be retracted before his death. (St. Albert did lose his mental powers two years before his death.) Albert the Great was the forerunner and teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas, and is known as "The Universal Doctor" because of his vast learning in numerous varied fields.  He wrote a proof that the earth was round, and because of his immense knowledge on all subjects, he was accused of acquiring it through magic.  St. Albert the Great died in 1280.