Litany of Saint Philip Neri

Lord, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy.
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 Philip,
Vessel of the Holy Spirit,
Child of Mary,
Apostle of Rome,
Counsellor of popes,
Voice of prophecy,
Man of primitive times,
Winning saint,
Hidden hero,
Sweetest of fathers,
Flower of purity,
Martyr of charity,
Heart of fire,
Discerner of spirits,
Choicest of priests,
Mirror of the divine life,
Pattern of humility,
Example of simplicity,
Light of holy joy,
Image of childhood,
Picture of old age,
Director of souls,
Gentle guide of youth,
Patron of thine own,
Thou who observed chastity in thy youth,
Who sought Rome by divine guidance,
Who hid so long in the catacombs,
Who received the Holy Spirit into thy heart,
Who experienced such wonderful ecstasies,
Who so lovingly served the little ones,
Who washed the feet of pilgrims,
Who ardently thirsted after martyrdom,
Who distributed the daily word of God,
Who turned so many hearts to God,
Who conversed so sweetly with Mary,
Who raised the dead,
Who set up thy houses in all lands,

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.    Remember thy congregation.
R.    Which thou hast possessed from the beginning.

Let Us Pray

        O God, Who hast exalted blessed Philip, thy confessor, in the glory of Thy saints, grant that, as we rejoice in his commemoration, so may we profit by the example of his virtues, through Christ Our Lord.  R. Amen.


        St.  Philip Neri, Apostle of Rome and Founder of the Congregation of the Oratory:   St. Philip was born in Florence, Italy in 1515.  At age 18 he spent two years living by himself in prayer and penance in Rome.  After reading of the great missionary work St. Francis Xavier was doing in India, St. Philip wanted to pursue the same path, but through a vision he received a message from St. John the Evangelist: “Rome is to be your Indies.” St. Philip also received a mystical experience of divine love which enlarged his heart so that it literally broke two of his ribs.  Philip was ordained and spent the rest of his life converting and sanctifying souls in the city of Rome, which had become lukewarm and corrupt; he became famous as a confessor.  St. Philip founded the Congregation of the Oratory, a community of priests who do not take the vows of religion.  Through his own holiness, and also through his cheerfulness and his gifts of miracles (he raised a boy from the dead) and of reading hearts, St. Philip Neri transformed the city of Rome in his own lifetime and thereby exerted an incalculable influence on the Universal Church. He died in 1595.