The Holy Father's Exhortation on the Priesthood

"The witness of a priestly life well lived brings nobility to the Church, calls forth admiration among the faithful, and is a source of blessings for the community; it is the best way to promote vocations, the most authentic invitation to other young people to respond positively to the Lord's call. It is true collaboration in building the Kingdom of God!"

—Pope Benedict XVI, Meeting with clergy and religious in Aparecida, Brazil, May 12, 2007

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Litany for the Shepherds of the Church, the Bishops

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
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 Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Good Shepherd, leading the faithful, have mercy on them.
Good Shepherd, teaching Thy Law, have mercy on them.
Good Shepherd, sacrificing Thyself for us, have mercy on them.
Good Shepherd, forgiving our sins, have mercy on them.
Good Shepherd, finding the lost, have mercy on them.
Good Shepherd, gathering the scattered, have mercy on them.
Good Shepherd, taming rebellious wills, have mercy on them.
Good Shepherd, giving hope to the fallen, have mercy on them.
Christ the Good Shepherd, have mercy on them.

For shepherds with Faith, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Hope, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Love, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Wisdom, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Understanding, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Knowledge, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Counsel, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Fortitude, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Piety, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Holy Fear, Lord, increase it.

For shepherds with Charity, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Joy, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Peace, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Patience, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Benignity, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Goodness, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Forbearance, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Mildness, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Fidelity, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Modesty, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Continency, Lord, increase it.
For shepherds with Chastity, Lord, increase it.

For shepherds in pride, give humility.
For shepherds in error or doubt, give faith.
For shepherds in despair, give hope.
For shepherds in malevolence or unkindness, give charity.
For shepherds in weakness, give strength.
For shepherds in indulgence, give temperance.
For shepherds in deprivation, give probity.
For shepherds in unrighteousness, give justice.
For shepherds in lukewarmness, give zeal.
For shepherds in hardness of heart, give conscience.
For shepherds in mundane fear, give fortitude.
For shepherds beset with trials, give forbearance.
For shepherds sorely oppressed, give solace.
For shepherds beholden to the world, give steadfastness.

Saint Peter, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Clement, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Hilary of Poitiers, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Blaise, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Ptolemy, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Patrick, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Leo the Great, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Peter Chrysologus, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Ambrose, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Nicholas of Bari, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Anselm, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Isadore, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Athanasius, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Cyprian, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Augustine, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Gregory the Great, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Peter of Damascus, pray for thy brethren.
Saint John the Wonder Worker, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Henry, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Stanislaus, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Hildebrand, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Nicholas the Great, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Boniface, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Pius V, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Charles Borromeo, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Robert Bellarmine, pray for thy brethren.
Saint John Nuemann, pray for thy brethren.
Saint Pius X, pray for thy brethren.
Mary, Queen of the Apostles, pray for thy sons.

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.

Let us pray:

God the Father of Mercies, from Whom all good comes, pour fourth Thy blessing upon Thy bishops, Whom Thou hast anointed by the Holy Ghost to be successors of the Apostles, that they may lead all souls in the way of Redemption with charity, fidelity and courage. May they always put the care of their flock before their own needs, without human respect or mundane fear, in order that we may follow them in the Truth that leads to eternal life, for we are a weak and sinful flock.

God the Father of Truth, we pray for our own shepherd, _________, that he may find in Thee all that he is lacking, growing each day in sanctity and fortitude, fortifying all of the souls within his flock by Sacrament, word, and deed.

God the Father Almighty, we beseech singular graces for Thy Sovereign Pontiff, ______________, the shepherd of shepherds, so that he may fulfill Thy Holy Will in grace and truth. Receive these, our humble petitions, through Christ the Good Shepherd, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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