29 October 2017

The Virgin interceding for the souls in Purgatory by Luca Giordano

     On Wednesday, the Church celebrates the great festival of All Saints! The saints are those who live within the Church Triumphant in heavenly glory. Some of the saints are known to us because they have officially been canonized by the Church, but we know that there are a great many saints whose names remain unknown to us for the time being. All Saints’ Day is a holy day of obligation because this is a feast pointing to our ultimate destiny with God. This feast is the reminder of why we have been given natural life, have been given new life at Baptism, and have been nourished with the true life of Jesus’ Body and Blood at every Holy Communion. May we honor those saints for whom we have a particular devotion and pray that we will definitely be numbered among the elect for all eternity. 

    May you have a most blessed and holy week!

    Fr. Shawn William Cutler

 

THE LITANY OF THE SAINTS

Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

 

Holy Mary, Mother of God,  pray for us.

Saint Michael the Archangel,  pray for us.

Holy Angels of God,  pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist,  pray for us.

Saint Joseph,  pray for us.

Saint Peter and Saint Paul,  pray for us.

Saint Andrew,  pray for us.

Saint John,  pray for us.

Saint Mary Magdalene,  pray for us.

Saint Stephen,  pray for us.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch,  pray for us.

Saint Lawrence,  pray for us.

Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity, pray for us.

Saint Agnes,  pray for us.

Saint Gregory,  pray for us.

Saint Augustine,  pray for us.

Saint Athanasius,  pray for us.

Saint Basil,  pray for us.

Saint Martin,  pray for us.

Saint Benedict,  pray for us.

Saint Francis and Saint Dominic, pray for us.

Saint Francis Xavier,  pray for us.

Saint John Vianney,  pray for us.

Saint Catherine of Siena,  pray for us.

Saint Teresa of Jesus,  pray for us.

Saint Patrick,  pray for us.

Saint Thomas Becket,  pray for us.

Saint Josemaria Escriva,  pray for us.

Saint Marguerite,  pray for us.

All holy men and women,  pray for us.

 

Lord, be merciful,  Lord, deliver us, we pray.

From all evil,  Lord, deliver us, we pray.

From every sin,  Lord, deliver us, we pray.

From everlasting death,  Lord, deliver us, we pray.

By your Incarnation,  Lord, deliver us, we pray.

By your Death and Resurrection,  Lord, deliver us, we pray.

By the outpouring of the Holy Spirit,  Lord, deliver us, we pray.

 

Be merciful to us sinners,  Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer.

Jesus, Son of the living God,  Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer.

 

Christ, hear us.  Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.  Christ, graciously hear us.

 

Lord God, you know our weakness. In your mercy grant that the example of your Saints may bring us to love and serve you more faithfully through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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