The Litany of Life from The Catholic Feminist

Lord Jesus. Lord and giver of life, Hear me.
The unborn children who will lose their lives today, Save them, Jesus.
The millions of people trapped in the chains of slavery, Save them, Jesus.
The elderly around the world who are neglected and ignored, Save them, Jesus.
The souls on Death Row who will soon have their lives taken, Save them, Jesus.
The women considering immoral means of achieving a pregnancy out of a true,
good desire for children, Save them, Jesus.
The people around us who silently struggle with mental illness and depression,
Save them, Jesus.
The mothers who are suffering from postpartum depression and contemplating
suicide, Save them, Jesus.
The refugees caught in warzones with little hope of escape, Save them, Jesus.
The homeless who live on our streets and don’t know where their next meal
comes from, Save them, Jesus.
The nurses and doctors who prescribe contraception and perform abortions, Save
them, Jesus.
The pro-choice advocates with a real heart for women’s issues, Save them, Jesus.
The politicians who consistently struggle with valuing the most vulnerable among
us, Save them, Jesus.
The patients in hospitals suffering from painful chronic diseases, Save them,
Jesus.
The disabled who suffer immensely and are often made to feel worthless, Save
them, Jesus.
The victims of violent crimes and the unborn children who are sometimes
produced as a result, Save them, Jesus.
From my own hardness of heart, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my selfishness and desire to store up treasure on earth, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my willful ignorance and lack of compassion, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my lack of understanding of complex societal issues, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my own pride, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my lack of trust in You and Your goodness, Deliver me, Jesus.

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Litany In Response To Abortion

The following is a litany written by Father Frank Pavone. This one is in response to abortion. Father Pavone is the Director of Priests for Life.

Visit http://www.priestsforlife.org to find out more information about his ministry.

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.

RESPONSE: Have mercy on us

God the Father, Creator of the world,
God the Son, through whom all things were made,
God the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life,
Lord Jesus, the Beginning and the End,
Lord Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
Lord Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life,
Lord Jesus, Eternal Word of Life,
Lord Jesus, living in the womb of the Virgin Mary,
Lord Jesus, Lover of the poor and weak,
Lord Jesus, Defender of the helpless,
Lord Jesus, Bread of Life,
For every sin against life,
For the sin of abortion,
For the daily killing of innocent babies,
For the bloodshed throughout our land,
For the silent screams of Your children,
For the killing of Your future disciples,
For the exploitation of women by abortion,
For the silence of Your people,
For the apathy of Your people,
For the co-operation of Your people in this tragedy,

RESPONSE: Lord, hear our prayer.

For our pre-born brothers and sisters killed by abortion,
For our pre-born brothers and sisters threatened by abortion,
For our brothers and sisters who have survived abortion,
For mothers who have had abortions,
For mothers tempted to have abortions,
For mothers pressured to have abortions,
For mothers who have refused to have abortions,
For the fathers of aborted babies,
For the families of aborted babies,
For the families of those tempted to have abortions
For abortionists,
For all who assist and cooperate in abortions,
For doctors and nurses, that they may nurture life,
For government leaders, that they may defend life,
For the clergy, that they may speak up for life,
For the pro-life movement,
For those who speak, write, and work to end abortion,
For those who help provide alternatives to abortion…
For those who promote adoption,
For national and local pro-life groups,
For unity in the pro-life movement,

For courage and perseverance in pro-life work,
For those who suffer ridicule and rejection for their stand for life,
For those imprisoned for defending life,
For those who have been injured and mistreated for defending life,
For legal professionals,
For courts and judges,
For police officers,
For educators,
For media professionals,

In thanksgiving for the babies saved from abortion,
In thanksgiving for the mothers saved and healed from abortion,
In thanksgiving for the former abortion providers who have become pro-life,
In thanksgiving for all those who take a stand against abortion,
In thanksgiving for the call to be part of the pro-life movement,

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

Almighty and ever-living God,
You have created all things through Your Son Jesus Christ.
He trampled the power of death by His Paschal Mystery.
May all who acknowledge You
Promote the sacredness of life
And always serve You faithfully,
Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Pro-Life Litany Written by Father Joseph Esper

The following is a pro-life litany written by Father Joseph Esper in 2001. All are encouraged to pray this during their next vigil or prayer group meeting.

One Catholic form of prayer is a litany, in which one phrase is repeated over and over again so that those praying it are caught up in the prayer itself. This Pro-Life Litany we’re about to pray combines both general ideas and specific intentions appropriate for us here today.
Please repeat after me:
Lord, have mercy . . .
Christ, have mercy . . .
Lord, have mercy . . .
Now the response is “Have mercy on us.”
God the Father in heaven . . .
God the Son, Redeemer of the world . . .
God the Holy Spirit . . .
Holy Trinity, one God . . .
The response now will be “We turn to You, O Lord.”
On behalf of unborn children everywhere . . .
On behalf of abused or neglected infants and children . . .
On behalf of children who’ve been made to feel unloved or unwanted . . .
On behalf of children who are trapped in poverty . . .
On behalf of children whose lives are scarred by violence . . .
On behalf of children who suffer from poor health or disease . . .
On behalf of children who lack adequate food, shelter, clothing, or education . . .
On behalf of mothers and fathers who are struggling to care for their children . . .
On behalf of parents who have no one to help them . . .
On behalf of parents who have lost a child to violence . . .
On behalf of parents who feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities . . .
On behalf of parents who grieve over their children’s sufferings . . .
On behalf of unwed mothers trying to do the right thing . . .
On behalf of women who feel pressured into having an abortion . . .
On behalf of fathers who are given no say in whether their unborn children live or die . . .
On behalf of women who now regret having had an abortion . . .
On behalf of men who now regret having arranged an abortion for their wives,
girlfriends, or daughters . . .
On behalf of medical personnel who now regret their involvement in any form of
abortion . . .
On behalf of all survivors of abortion . . .
On behalf of politicians who’ve opposed abortion at the risk of their own political
careers . . .
On behalf of those leaders in our society who are trying to respect the gift of life . . .
On behalf of our president, that he may lead our nation with wisdom and integrity . . .
On behalf of the unsung heroes of the pro-life movement . . .
On behalf of our pro-life comrades who’ve gone before us into the new life of
Your Kingdom . . .
On behalf of all Americans who seek to cherish and defend Your gift of life . . .
Now the response will be “Forgive us, O Lord.”
For the times we’ve not appreciated Your gift of life . . .
For our failures to respect and acknowledge the dignity of others . . .
For the ways we’ve not done our part to defend human life . . .
For the times we’ve been lazy or complacent in opposing euthanasia and abortion . . .
For failing to take seriously our responsibilities as citizens . . .
For the ways we’ve relied only on ourselves, and not on Your grace . . .
For the times we’ve been silent instead of speaking out in defense of life . . .
For failing to love our political opponents as much as we should . . .
For the ways we’ve not shown enough compassion for all the victims of abortion . . .
On behalf of our society and its efforts to devalue human life and dignity . . .
On behalf of our nation and its failures to extend legal protection to the unborn . . .
On behalf of our world and the constant violence it allows against innocent men,
women, and children . . .
The response is “Deliver us, O Lord.”
From population planners who seek to control others in their greed or lust for power . . .
From politicians who claim to be personally opposed to abortion but who do nothing
to restrict it . . .
From those who argue for choice but refuse to give all children the choice of whether
or not to be born . . .
From those who claim to favor equal rights but who would deny these rights to
the unborn . . .
From those who justify the use of violence on behalf of their cause . . .
From religious leaders who excuse or defend attacks upon Your gift of life . . .
From slanted media coverage that goes to any length to hide or distort the truth . . .
From legislators and judges who place their rulings and opinions above Your
eternal Law . . .
From pressure to be politically correct even if it means denying Your truth . . .
From a spirit of indifference and apathy that afflicts so many of our fellow citizens . . .
From a blasphemous misuse of religion which tries to justify killing the innocent
in Your Name . . .
From an unwillingness on the part of so many Christians to be active in defending
all human life . . .
From a spirit of despair which might make us forget that Your Kingdom will come . . .
Lastly, the response is “We praise You, O Lord.”
For the millions of Americans who are willing to march, demonstrate, and pray
on behalf of the unborn . . .
For our brothers and sisters willing to gather peacefully and pray and give witness
outside abortion clinics . . .
For dedicated volunteers serving in right-to-life offices and crisis pregnancy centers,
and on community agencies, church committees, and national organizations . . .
For doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who remain true to their consciences
by serving human life rather than assaulting it . . .
For elected leaders, politicians, judges, and other officials who have the courage and
integrity to act upon their pro-life beliefs . . .
For media consultants, authors, lawyers, businesspeople, and other professionals who
donate their time and expertise to the pro-life cause . . .
For religious leaders willing to speak out and provide moral guidance to their people . . .
For reporters and members of the media who try to report the news honestly and fairly. . .
For all who support the right-to-life movement with their money, time, or prayers . . .
For those citizens of our country who are willing to hear the truth and act upon it . . .
For mothers and fathers who cherish the gift of their children . . .
For pediatricians, principals, teachers, school bus drivers, photographers, day care
personnel, religious education catechists and Sunday school teachers,
youth ministers, guidance counselors, social workers, and all who work
with the young . . .
For families who love, nourish, and respect one another . . .
For the gifts of wonder, innocence, and love each new child brings into the world . . .
For the gifts of wisdom, experience, and perspective each older person offers
to our society . . .
For the talents, abilities, and potential present in each person on earth . . .
For making each one of us in Your own image and likeness . . .
For giving us the opportunity and duty to shape and influence the world around us . . .
For every sunrise and every sunset, for every new day and every peaceful night,
for the beauty of nature and the joy of life . . .
For the seasons of nature and the seasons of life, for the present moment and for
the passing of years . . .
For our faith in You and our unity with one another . . .
For allowing us to unite and pray together in Your Name . . .
For calling us to work together in the grace and power of Your Spirit . . .
And for offering us the gift of eternal life in Your Kingdom . . .

Let us pray,
Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Show our nation the way to peace—a peace which can only come
by proclaiming Your truth and by cherishing Your gift of life.
May Your Kingdom come, and may Your Name be praised
forever and ever. Amen.

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