This Litany is a timely Catholic prayer we should say often, imploring God's mercy for the conversion of our country.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
O God, who hast been pleased to magnify Thy name amongst our ancestors, and to distinguish them by the particular marks of their piety, continue the same mercy to us, we beseech Thee: that now, in these days, we may seek Thee with all our hearts, and zealously labour to copy the examples which our forefathers have left us. Amen.
For this end, we most humbly implore Thy goodness to have compassion on this our country, and by Thy powerful grace to remove from it whatever is provoking or displeasing to Thee.
Have mercy, O God, on this nation. And be Thou its powerful deliverer.
From infidelity and profaneness,
Deliver us, O Lord. *
From all irreligion, and contempt of Thy sacred mysteries, *
From all presumption, and the abuse of Thy holy word, *
From all heresies *
From gluttony and drunkenness, *
From the profanation of Thy holy name, in cursing and swearing, *
From all kinds of prodigality and sensuality, *
From frauds, and all kinds of oppression and injustice, *
From the spirit of faction, of malice, hatred, and every kind of uncharitableness, *
O God, Thou hast been a Father to this nation, and replenished it with many blessings. --Forsake it not now, we beseech Thee, and give it not up to a reprobate sense.
Bless this people, O Lord, and be Thou their inheritance.--And sanctify us, and make us a holy nation.
Give to all its inhabitants, O Lord, the spirit of the gospel.
Hear us, O Lord. **
Give to them a zeal for unity, peace, and truth. **
Grant that they may all seek the things that are above, and walk by the spirit of Christ. **
Grant that all who are in error may, by thy heavenly light, be led into Thy truth. **
Grant that all sinners may be truly converted, and, forsaking their evil ways, return to thee their God. **
Grant that all scandals may be removed. **
Grant that the pastors may become the light of the world. **
Grant that all magistrates may administer justice. **
Grant that all of the wealthier ranks may esteem virtue their greatest honour, and be ashamed of vice. **
Grant that the youth of both sexes may be withheld from all evil ways, and that they may dedicate their lives to virtue, piety, and religion. **
Grant that all obstinacy and blindness may be removed from the hearts of this people, and that, being reformed according to Thy blessed will, they may serve Thee in holiness and truth. **
Hear us, O Lord, now calling on thee.--And, through the infinite merits of thy only Son, grant our petitions.
Let Us Pray
O Almighty and everlasting God, who hast forsaken many Christian nations, and, in punishment of their sins, hast suffered them to be overrun by error and infidelity; grant, we beseech thee, that the rigour of these Thy judgments may strike us with a timely fear, and that, in earnest forsaking our evil ways, we may find mercy with Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Remember, we beseech Thee, Thy ancient mercies, and for the sake of so many holy servants, who have been faithful to thee, shew now compassion to us, and let Thy former mercies be renewed in us.--Hear us, O Lord, and in Thy mercy grant our petition.
Give ear to us, O God, here assembled before Thee, humbly prostrate in the confession of our unworthiness, and wholly confiding in Thy goodness and mercy.--Hear, likewise, O God, all those Thy Saints who, in this country, have faithfully served Thee, and are now happy with Thee in heaven.
Hear them praying for their country, and let their intercession prevail, through the merits of thy only Son, through which alone All prayers, whether on earth or in heaven, can find acceptance with Thee. Amen.
Let Us Pray
O God, by whose mercy the world subsisteth, and to whose power every nation of the earth is subject, have mercy on this nation, we beseech Thee, and, according to its necessities, which are all known to Thee, so pour forth Thy blessings on it that, by the help of Thy grace, it may in all things be well-pleasing in Thy sight; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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