Litany of Saint Vincent de Paul

Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.  Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.

V.    The just shall spring up like the lily,
R.    And flourish forever before the Lord.  Alleluia.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    Pray for us.
Holy Mary, comforter of the afflicted,
    Pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, etc.
St. Vincent, who at the tenderest age didst display a wisdom most mature,
St. Vincent, who from thy childhood wast full of pity and compassion,
St. Vincent, who like David, from a simple shepherd becamest a ruler
    and pastor of the people of God,
St. Vincent, who in thy captivity by Turkish pirates didst preserve
    perfect freedom,
St. Vincent the just man, who didst live by faith,
St. Vincent, always supported on the firm anchor of a Christian hope,
St. Vincent, always inflamed with the fire of perfect charity,
St. Vincent, truly simple, upright, and fearing God,
St. Vincent, true disciple of Jesus Christ, always meek and humble of heart,
St. Vincent, perfectly mortified in heart and mind,
St. Vincent, ever animated with the spirit of Our Lord,
St. Vincent, generous maintainer of the glory of God,
St. Vincent, ever inwardly burning and ever outwardly transported
    with zeal for souls,
St. Vincent, who in Christian poverty didst find the precious pearl and
    the rich treasure of the Gospel,
St. Vincent, like to the angels in thy purity,
St. Vincent, faithful in obedience and victorious in word and deed,
St. Vincent, who didst fly the slightest appearance of evil,
St. Vincent, who in all thine actions didst aspire to the practice of
    perfect virtue,
St. Vincent, who didst remain like a rock amidst the stormy sea of this world,
St. Vincent, invincible amidst the arrows of adversity,
St. Vincent, as patient in suffering as thou wast indulgent in forgiving,
St. Vincent, ever docile and obedient son of the Holy See,
St. Vincent, who hadst exceeding horror of the novel ways and subtle
    words of heretics,
St. Vincent, destined by a special Providence to announce the Gospel
    to the poor,
St. Vincent, father and model of ecclesiastics,
St. Vincent, prudent founder of the Congregation of the Mission,
St. Vincent, wise institutor of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity,
St. Vincent, tender in compassionating and prompt in relieving the
    necessities of the poor,
St. Vincent, equally fervent in the practice of prayer and in ministry
    of the word,
St. Vincent, admirable in imitation of the life and virtues of Jesus,
St. Vincent, who didst persevere to the end in shunning evil and doing good,
St. Vincent, who as in life so in death wast most precious in the sight of God,
St. Vincent, glory of France and pride of Paris,
St. Vincent, patron of all charitable associations,

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.

V.    The Lord hath led the just man through right ways,
R.    And showed unto him the Kingdom of God.

Let Us Pray

        O God, Who by an effect of Thine infinite goodness, hast renewed in our days, in the apostolic character and humility of Thy blessed servant Vincent, the spirit of Thy well-beloved Son-to preach the Gospel to the poor, relieve the afflicted, console the miserable, and add new luster to the ecclesiastical order-grant, we beseech Thee, through his powerful intercession, that we also, delivered from the great misery of sin, may labor to please Thee by the practice of the same humility, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who liveth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  R. Amen.
        O God, Who for the preaching of the Gospel to the poor, and for promoting the honor of the priesthood, didst endue blessed Vincent with the zeal of an apostle, grant, we humbly pray Thee, that we who venerate his holy life may profit by the examples of virtue he has left us.  R. Amen.


        St.  Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission and Co-Founder of the Daughters of Charity: St. Vincent de Paul was born in 1580 in France.  He was ordained in 1600, and in 1605 was captured by Turkish pirates who took him as a slave to Africa.  He escaped and returned to France, where he founded the Congregation of the Mission (the Lazarists, or the Vincentians) to do all kinds of charitable and priestly work, including ransoming Christian slaves in Africa.  He was responsible for saving the lives of vast numbers of people during the wars in Lorraine, France; for this he is known as the Father of his Country.  Yet St. Vincent considered spiritual starvation as far worse than any bodily affliction.  With St. Louise de Marillac, he also founded the Daughters of Charity who cared for the sick, poor, aged, insane, galley slaves, and soldiers on the battlefield.  St. Vincent de Paul died in 1660.