Litany of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

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 Mercy,     pray for us.
Holy Elizabeth, mother of the poor,    pray for us.
Saint Elizabeth, who didst fear God from thy heart,  etc,.
St. Elizabeth, most fervent in devotion,
St. Elizabeth, devout and beloved disciple of Jesus,
St. Elizabeth, imitator of blessed Francis,
St. Elizabeth, of noblest faith and birth,
St. Elizabeth, devoted to all pious offices,
St. Elizabeth, whose nights were spent in prayer and contemplation,
St. Elizabeth, who wast consoled with heavenly visions,
St. Elizabeth, beloved of God and man,
St. Elizabeth, full of contempt of this world,
St. Elizabeth, example of poverty, chastity and obedience,
St. Elizabeth, solace of thy husband,
St. Elizabeth, mirror of widows,
St. Elizabeth, holocaust of penance and humility,
St. Elizabeth, admirable preacher of meekness,
St. Elizabeth, despiser of the luxuries of the regal house,
St. Elizabeth, lover of the Cross of Christ,
St. Elizabeth, light of all pious women,
St. Elizabeth, nourisher of the orphans,
St. Elizabeth, always intent on works of mercy,
St. Elizabeth, consoler of all sorrows,
St. Elizabeth, teacher of the poor,
St. Elizabeth, seeker of contumely and affronts,
St. Elizabeth, distributor of thy riches to thy poor neighbors,
St. Elizabeth, patient in adversity,
St. Elizabeth, maker of garments for the poor,
St. Elizabeth, hospitable receiver of pilgrims and the sick,
St. Elizabeth, succor of the needy,
St. Elizabeth, formidable to demons,
St. Elizabeth, example of all spiritual perfection,
St. Elizabeth, repressor of all vain and dissolute conversation,
St. Elizabeth, cheered by angelic choirs in thy last agony,
St. Elizabeth, miraculous in life,
St. Elizabeth, helper of our devotions,
St. Elizabeth, our sweetest patron,

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, O Lord.

Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.

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

Let Us Pray

        Enlighten, O God of compassion, the hearts of Thy faithful servants, and through the glorious prayers of blessed Elizabeth, make us to despise the pleasing things of this world and ever to delight in the consolations of Heaven, through Christ Our Lord.  R. Amen.

        O God of tender mercies, pour forth Thy light over the hearts of Thy faithful people, and graciously listening to the glorious prayers of blessed Elizabeth, make us to think little of worldly prosperity and to be ever gladdened by heavenly consolation, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, world without end.  R. Amen.

        St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Patroness of the Third Order of St. Francis: Born in 1207 of a noble family, at age four Elizabeth was brought to Wartburg castle to be raised as the betrothed of Ludwig, the future landgrave.  At age 14, deeply in love, Elizabeth married Ludwig.  She bore four children and also practiced great charity to the poor, building two hospitals-one next to the castle.  After six years of marriage, Ludwig died of the plague while on a crusade.  Elizabeth was heartbroken, and was also forced to leave the castle.  She made provision for her children and then became a Franciscan tertiary, and devoted herself to prayer and care of the sick and poor.  Elizabeth died in her 24th year, in 1231.