Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Christ

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The Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Christ is a prayer in honor of the Holy Name of Jesus Christ. It begins by referring to the Holy Trinity and observing the nature of the person of Jesus Christ as man and God. It then lists inspirational names for Jesus Christ derived from His works. One source of Christians' special reverence for the Holy Name of Jesus Christ is observed in Saint Paul's Epistle to the Philippians (2:10) in which he says "That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth".

The litany concentrates on exhorting Christ to aid the faithful in overcoming spiritual trials that prevent them from sharing in His Grace, to which Christ said: "If you ask the Father anything in my name he will give it you." (John 16:23). Therefore the Church concludes all her prayers by invoking the Holy Name of Jesus Christ with the words: "Through Our Lord Jesus Christ". [1]

The litany ends with several prayers asking Christ for the blessing of continuing a life of faith through good words and deeds as well as to always remain in His care through the faithful's love and fear His Holy Name.

History

The author of the litany is unknown. New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia concludes it was likely written by "celebrated preachers of the Holy Name, Saints Bernardine of Siena and John Capistran, at the beginning of the fifteenth century." [2] The litany was approved for recitation in the Church by Pope Pius IX in 1862. [3]

The Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Christ

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Jesus, 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, our Lover,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of Peace,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, Author of Life,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, Model of Virtues,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, zealous for 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 the 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 all evil,
deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin, etc.
From Thy wrath,
From the snares of the devil,
From the spirit of fornication,
From everlasting death,
From the neglect of Thine inspirations,

Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation,
deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Thine Nativity, etc.
Through Thy Infancy,
Through Thy most Divine Life,
Through your Labors,
Through Thine Agony and Passion,
Through Thine Cross and Dereliction,
Through Thine Sufferings,
Through Thy Death and Burial,
Through Thine Resurrection,
Through Thine Ascension,
Through Thine Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist,
Through Thy Joys,
Through Thy Glory,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, Who takeest away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Jesus!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us, O Jesus!

Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let Us Pray.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Thou has said, "Ask and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the grace of Thy divine charity, that we may ever love Thee with our whole heart, and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising Thee.

Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy Holy Name, for Thou doth never fails to govern those whom Thou solidly establishest in Thy love. Thou, Who livest and reignest forever and ever. R.
Amen.

References

  1. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07421a.htm
  2. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09290a.htm
  3. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09290a.htm
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