Litany of Saint Francis of Assisi

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, conceived without sin,
    Pray for us.
Holy Mary, special patroness of the three Orders of Saint Francis,
    Pray for us.
Saint Francis, seraphic patriarch, etc.
Saint Francis, most prudent father,
Saint Francis, despiser of the world,
Saint Francis, model of penance,
Saint Francis, conqueror of vices,
Saint Francis, imitator of the Saviour,
Saint Francis, bearer of the marks of Christ,
Saint Francis, sealed with the character of Jesus,
Saint Francis, example of purity,
Saint Francis, image of humility,
Saint Francis, abounding in grace,
Saint Francis, reformer of the erring,
Saint Francis, healer of the sick,
Saint Francis, pillar of the Church,
Saint Francis, defender of the Faith,
Saint Francis, champion of Christ,
Saint Francis, defender of thy children,
Saint Francis, invulnerable shield,
Saint Francis, confounder of the heretics,
Saint Francis, converter of the pagans,
Saint Francis, supporter of the lame,
Saint Francis, raiser of the dead,
Saint Francis, healer of the lepers,
Saint Francis, our advocate,

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.

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

Let Us Pray

        O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, when the world was growing cold, in order to renew in our hearts the flame of love, imprinted the sacred marks of Thy Passion on the body of our blessed father Francis, mercifully grant that by his merits and prayers we may persevere in bearing the cross and may bring forth fruits worthy of penance, Thou Who livest and reignest, world without end.  R. Amen.



        St. Francis of Assisi, The Seraphic Father and Founder of the Three Franciscan Orders: St. Francis was born around 1181 at Assisi in Umbria, Italy, son of a rich merchant.  After a vision of Christ, St. Francis embraced poverty and the care of the sick and poor.  In the church of San Damiano, St. Francis heard these words coming from the crucifix: "Go and repair My house, which you see is falling down." When his father publicly disinherited him as a madman, St. Francis devoted himself entirely to the virtue of poverty (personified as "Lady Poverty"), to preaching, to care of the sick and poor-especially lepers, and to establishing the Friars Minor, the Poor Clares, and the Franciscan lay Tertiaries (Third Order).  Among his supernatural gifts was the stigmata.  In 1223 St. Francis built the first Christmas creche, a custom which has continued to our own day.  St. Francis died in 1226 and was canonized in 1228.  He is one of the most famous, most influential, and most beloved saints in the history of the Church.