Litany of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

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,    pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,   pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, etc.
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga,
Beloved child of Christ,
The delight of the Blessed Virgin,
Most chaste youth,
Angelic youth,
Most humble youth,
Model of young students,
Despiser of riches,
Enemy of vanities,
Scorner of honors,
Honor of princes,
Jewel of the nobility,
Flower of innocence,
Ornament of the religious state,
Mirror of mortification,
Mirror of perfect obedience,
Lover of angelical poverty,
Most affectionately devout,
Most zealous observer of rules,
Most desirous of the salvation of souls,
Perpetual adorer of the Holy Eucharist,
Particular client of Saint Ignatius,

Be merciful,   Spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful,  Hear us, O Lord.

From the concupiscence of the eyes,   O Lord, deliver us.
From the concupiscence of the flesh,  O Lord, deliver us.
From the pride of life, etc.
Through the merits and intercession of Saint Aloysius,
Through his angelical purity,
Through his sanctity and glory,

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, Saint Aloysius,
R.    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

            O God, distributor of heavenly gifts, Who united in the angelic youth, Aloysius, wonderful innocence of life to an equal severity of penance, grant, through his merits and prayers, that we who have not followed the example of his innocence may imitate his practice of penance, through Our Lord Jesus Christ. R. Amen.


            St.  Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of Chri,5tian Youth: Born in 1568 in Lombardy, Italy, St. Aloysius, as a member of the noble Gonzaga family, was destined for a life in the military, at court, and in government.  But at age 17, he abdicated and renounced everything to become a Jesuit.  He was admirable for his great penance and austerities, both before and after entering the Society of Jesus.  St. Aloysius died in 1591, at age 23, before reaching ordination to the priesthood.  Many miracles followed immediately upon his death, and the Church has declared him “Patron of Christian Youth.”