Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Litany of Mary, the Mother of Mercy




For a retreat on non-violence at our school I composed the following Litany as a concluding prayer. I did take a few lines and ideas from other litanies.



 THE LITANY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF MERCY

LEADER                                                                         ALL

Lord, have mercy on us.                                              Lord, have mercy on us.    
Christ, have mercy on us.                                            Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.                                              Lord, have mercy on us.    
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.

Holy Mary,                                                                    pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,                                                     pray for us.
Mother of Christ,                                                           pray for us.

Mother of Mercy,                                                            pray for us
Mother who cares for all victims of violence,                pray for us.
Mother who cares for all the unborn,                              pray for us.
Mother who cares for the poor,                                       pray for us
Mother who cares for the sick                                         pray for us
Mother who cares for the hungry,                                   pray for us 
Mother who cares for those who are abused,                  pray for us
Mother who cares for refugees,                                        pray for us
Mother who cares for those caught up in wars,               pray for us
Mother who cares for those oppressed by prejudice,      pray for us.
Mother who cares for those in prison,                             pray for us
Mother who cares for those denied education,                pray for us.
Mother who cares for those denied justice,                     pray for us.
Mother who care for those denied equality,                      pray for us.
Mother who cares for those who are unwanted,              pray for us.
Mother who cares for those who are ridiculed,               pray for us.
Mother who cares for those who are neglected,              pray for us
Mother who cares for those battling addictions,              pray for us
Mother who care for those who suffer mental illness,     pray for us     
Mother who cares for all creation,                                    pray for us 
Mother of Mercy,                                                             pray for us.

O Queen of Mercy,                                                    pray for us.
Queen of Peace,                                                         pray for us.
Queen of Healing                                                       pray for us.
Queen of Compassion                                                pray for us.
Queen of Comfort                                                      pray for us.
Queen of Good Counsel                                             pray for us.

LEADER                                                                                 ALL   

Queen of Reconciliation                                            pray for us.
Queen of Justice,                                                       pray for us.
Queen  of Mercy,                                                       pray for us.

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, O Lord!
Christ, hear us.                                                                   Christ, graciously hear us.


Let us Pray. (All)

O Lord, grant that all Your servants may remain continually in the enjoyment of health of mind and body, that they may be treated with compassion, justice, and fairness, and through the glorious intercession of Mary, the Mother of Mercy, may be delivered from any present sadness, and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Amen. 

(Still some refining to do?)

Pax et bonum

2 comments:

Do Not Be Anxious said...

I would have left the one about equality out; I don't think we know what that is, or are confused in our beliefs about what is "equal." Equal is not always "fair."

Looking at some of the other lines, I am reminded of the Litany For Humility, a truly difficult prayer. Perhaps you could take some of the other lines from there and use them in the Mary Mercy litany. Then we could pray for Mary to be with us, and help us in our becoming humble.

A Secular Franciscan said...

Interesting point. I was thinking in terms of equal treatment in the of races, religions, men and women, especially in terms of the law. But it might also be misused - as with homosexuals arguing about so-called "marriage equality." I'll have to mull that one over.