Prayers

The Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

The Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus was most likely composed by St. John Capistrano (1386-1456) and by St. Bernadine of Siena (1380-1444) who both preached extensively on the devotion to the Name of Jesus. The Litany was approved for private use by Pope Sixtus V in 1585. The present form was approved by Pope Pius IX for local use in 1862.  In 1866 Pope Leo XIII approved it for public use in the Universal Church. Members of the Confraternity of the Holy Names of God and Jesus can receive a partial indulgence for reciting this prayer.

Lord, have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ have Mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord have Mercy.
Jesus, hear us. Jesus hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us. Jesus, 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.
Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Brightness of eternal Light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of Glory, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Sun of Justice, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, the mighty God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the world to come, have mercy on us.
Jesus, angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of Chastity, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of us, have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of Peace, have mercy on us.
Jesus, author of Life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, example of Virtues, have mercy on us.
Jesus, zealous lover of souls, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Refuge, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the Poor, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Treasure of the Faithful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, good Shepherd, have mercy on us.
Jesus, true Light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal Wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite Goodness, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Way and our Life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of Angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Strength of Martyrs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Light of Confessors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Purity of Virgins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Crown of all Saints, have mercy on us.
Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus!
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus!
From every evil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From every sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From your wrath, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the temptation of fornication, deliver us, O Jesus.
From everlasting death, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the neglect of your inspirations, deliver us, O Jesus.
By the mystery of your Holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Nativity, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Infancy, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your most divine Life, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Labors, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Agony and Passion, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Cross and Dereliction, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Sufferings, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Death and Burial, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Resurrection, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Ascension, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Joys, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Glory, deliver us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V/. Jesus, hear us.
R/. Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, you who said: Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you; grant we beseech you, to us who ask the gift of your most divine love, that we may ever love you with our whole heart and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising you. Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you bring up in your steadfast fear and love: who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.