Litany of Saint Louis, King of France

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,     pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,    pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, etc.
Saint Louis of France,
St. Louis, scion of devout parents,
St. Louis, constant protector of the children of God,
St. Louis, steadfast teacher of piety,
St. Louis, true model of Christian virtue,
St. Louis, faithful confessor of the living Christ,
St. Louis, kingly bearer of humiliations,
St. Louis, staunch defender of the glorified Christ,
St. Louis, true martyr of the flesh by mortification,
St. Louis, detester of worldly pride and honor,
St. Louis, saviour of souls,
St. Louis, ardent lover of God,
St. Louis, kind friend of enemies,
St. Louis, rapt in prayer to God,
St. Louis, hope of sinners,
St. Louis, giver of gifts,
St. Louis, founder of charitable institutions for the afflicted,
St. Louis, generous giver of alms,
St. Louis, lavish dispenser of riches,
St. Louis, guard of the holy places of pilgrimage,
St. Louis, detester of immoderation,
St. Louis, protector of widows and orphans,
St. Louis, defender of the sepulcher of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
St. Louis, victor over the Saracens,
St. Louis, protector of those in pagan slavery,
St. Louis, converter of unbelievers to the Christian Faith,
St. Louis, visitor of hospitals and dispenser of favors to the infirm,
St. Louis, healer of the sick,
St. Louis, intercessor and patron of the French kings,
St. Louis, from whom those who flee to thee obtain the infallible   
    help of God,
St. Louis, at whose request various diseases are miraculously cured,

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, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
    Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Our Father, etc. (Silently).  Hail, Mary, etc. (Silently).

V.    Pray for us, Saint Louis,
R.    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

        O Lord, King of kings, Jesus Christ, Who didst love Saint Louis and didst lead him into the heavenly kingdom, grant that by his intercession and good works we may participate in his glory for all eternity, Who livest and reignest, world without end.  R. Amen.


        St. Louis, King of France: Son of Louis VIII and the pious but domineering Queen Blanche of Castille, Louis was born in 1 215. He was proclaimed King Louis IX at age 11. He was a most Christian ruler-ascetical, kind, and just.  Louis and his wife had 11 children.  Louis built the Chapel Royal to enshrine the relics of the True Cross and the Crown of Thorns.  He died of the plague on a crusade in 1270.  His relics were destroyed by the French revolutionists.  St. Louis is Co-Patron (along with St. Elizabeth of Hungary) of the Third Order of St. Francis.