Litany of Saint Angela Merici

Lord, have mercy on us.
    Christ, 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, Mother of God, and faithful guardian of our mother Saint Angela,   Pray for us.
Saint Angela Merici,
    Pray for us.
St. Angela, favored with the choicest gifts of God from thine infancy, etc.
St. Angela, who didst give thyself to the practice of all the virtues
    from thy tenderest years,
St. Angela, who didst always preserve a spotless purity,
St. Angela, who by thy love for holy purity, didst merit to receive thy name,
St. Angela, who from childhood found thy delight in solitude,
St. Angela, who led an angelic life in the house of thy parents,
St. Angela, who didst daily bear on thy body the mortification of Jesus,
St. Angela, whose gift it was to reconcile the bitterest enemies,
St. Angela, who at thirteen became a tertiary of St. Francis and
    ever remained faithful,
St. Angela, gifted with the graces of prayer and contemplation,
St. Angela, who visited the Holy Land, and there followed the bloody  
    footprints of Jesus,
St. Angela, who triumphed over the illusions of the devil,
St. Angela, who wast not afflicted at the loss of thy sight in visiting the
    holy places,
St. Angela, whose sight was miraculously restored in the Island of Candia,
St. Angela, whom the love of God had wounded and whom this
    same love cured,
St. Angela, model of perfect self-denial and true humility,
St. Angela, who, like Jacob, wast permitted to see the mysterious ladder,
St. Angela, chosen by God to be the mother of many holy virgins,
St. Angela, foundress of the illustrious Order of the Ursulines,
St. Angela, to whom God promised that this Order should always subsist,
St. Angela, who, filled with joy, didst give up thy soul in the embrace
    of the Lord,
St. Angela, whose body remained incorruptible after death,
St. Angela, patroness of Christian mothers,
St. Angela, protectress of young girls,
St. Angela, our mother and 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,
   Hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Have mercy on us.

V.    Pray for us, O glorious mother Saint Angela,
R.    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

    O God, Who by means of our blessed mother Saint Angela didst cause a new Order of holy virgins to flourish in Thy Church, grant, through her intercession, that we may imitate her angelic virtues, and forsaking all earthly things, may be found worthy of eternal bliss, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  R. Amen.


        St.  Angela Merici, Foundress of the Ursulines: St.  Angela was born around the year 1470 in Lombardy, Italy.  At age 13 she became a Franciscan tertiary and lived a life of great austerity.  She and 27 companions formed the Ursulines, the Church's first teaching order of women, to teach young girls.  St. Angela died in 1540, at age 70.