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Litany of St. Joseph

 

The Litany of St. Joseph, one of only six approved by the Church for public as well as private use, sums up qualities that made him such an important part of the Holy Family.

Although he does not appear much in scripture, this “just man” (as he is called in Matthew 1:19), a humble carpenter, served our Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary faithfully as His “foster-father” and her “chaste guardian,” as he is called below.

 

St. Theresa of Avila once suggested famously that although we may have access to many saints as intercessors for our various needs, we should “go especially to Joseph, for he has great power with God.” In praying this Litany of St. Joseph we are indeed going to the patron saint and “protector” of the Universal Church!

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♦Litany of St. Joseph

♦Latin version:

 

 

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven,

God, the Son, Redeemer of the World,

God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

 

Holy Mary, pray for us.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

Renowned offspring of David, pray for us.

Light of Patriarchs, pray for us.

Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.

Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.

Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.

Diligent protector of Christ, pray for us.

Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.

Joseph most just, pray for us.

Joseph most chaste, pray for us.

Joseph most prudent, pray for us.

Joseph most strong, pray for us.

Joseph most obedient, pray for us.

Joseph most faithful, pray for us.

Mirror of patience, pray for us.

Lover of poverty, pray for us.

Model of artisans, pray for us.

Glory of home life, pray for us.

Guardian of virgins, pray for us.

Pillar of families, pray for us.

Solace of the wretched, pray for us.

Hope of the sick, pray for us.

Patron of the dying, pray for us.

Terror of demons, pray for us.

Protector of Holy Church, have mercy on 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.)

 

He made him the Lord of his household.

And Prince over all his possessions.

 

Let us pray.

 O God, in your ineffable providence you were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your most holy Mother; grant, we beg you, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You who live and reign forever and ever. (Amen.)

 

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

 

 

Litaniae Sancti Ioseph

Kyrie, eleison.

Christe, eleison.

Kyrie, eleison.

Christe, audi nos.

Christe, exaudi nos.

 

Pater de caelis, Deus, (miserere nobis.)

Fili, Redemptor mundi, Deus, (miserere nobis.)

Spiritus Sancte Deus, (miserere nobis.)

Sancta Trinitas, unus Deus, (miserere nobis)

 

Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis

Sancte Ioseph, ora pro nobis

Proles David inclyta, ora pro nobis

Lumen Patriarcharum, ora pro nobis

Dei Genetricis Sponse, ora pro nobis

Custos pudice Virginis, ora pro nobis

Filii Dei nutricie, ora pro nobis

Christi defensor sedule, ora pro nobis

Almae Familiae praeses, ora pro nobis

Ioseph iustissime, ora pro nobis

Ioseph castissime, ora pro nobis

Ioseph prudentissime, ora pro nobis

Ioseph fortissime, ora pro nobis

Ioseph oboedientissime, ora pro nobis

Ioseph fidelissime, ora pro nobis

Speculum patientiae, ora pro nobis

Amator paupertatis, ora pro nobis

Exemplar opificum, ora pro nobis

Domesticae vitae decus, ora pro nobis

Custos virginum, ora pro nobis

Familiarum columen, ora pro nobis

Solatium miserorum, ora pro nobis

Spes aegrotantium, ora pro nobis

Patrone morientium, ora pro nobis

Terror daemonum, ora pro nobis

Protector sanctae Ecclesiae, ora pro nobis

 

 

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, (parce nobis, Domine.)

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, (exaudi nobis, Domine.)

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, (miserere nobis. )

 

Constituit eum dominum domus suae. (Et principem omnis possessionis suae.)

 

Oremus. Deus, qui in ineffabili providentia beatum Ioseph sanctissimae Genetricis tuae Sponsum eligere dignatus es, praesta, quaesumus, ut quem protectorem veneramur in terris, intercessorem habere mereamur in caelis: Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum.  (Amen.)

 

 

Sancte Ioseph, ora pro nobis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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