Sunday, January 1, 2012

Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

If the circumcision of Christ is one of the focuses of this day in the Church Year, the other focus is the naming of Jesus.  And one of the thoughts to which this led me, as I was sitting in church waiting for Mass to begin, is that this is an especially appropriate occasion on which to pray the Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.  It is one of those traditional, yet non-liturgical, litanies with which Lutherans are all too unfamiliar.  After all, it's not in a CPH book.  Luckily, I had with me this morning a book which does include this litany.  What follows is the Litany of the Name of Jesus, and I recommend it to your devotion, today or any day.

 
Kyrie:             
Eleison.

Christe:                 
Eleison.

Kyrie:                    
Eleison.

O Jesus, hear us:
O Jesus, graciously hear us.

O God, the Father in Heaven:
Have mercy upon us.

O God, the Son, Redeemer of the world:
Have mercy upon us.

O God, the Holy Ghost:
Have mercy upon us.

O Holy Trinity, one God:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Son of the living God:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Splendor of the Father:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Brightness of eternal Light:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, King of Glory:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Sun of Justice:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, most amiable:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, most admirable:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, the mighty God:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Father of the world to come:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Angel of Great Council:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, most powerful:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, most patient:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, most obedient:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Lover of Chastity:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, our Lover:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, God of Peace:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Author of Life:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Model of Virtues:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, zealous for souls:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, our God:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, our Refuge:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Father of the Poor:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Treasure of the Faithful:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, good Shepherd:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, true Light:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, eternal Wisdom:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, infinite Goodness:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, our Way and our Life:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, joy of the Angels:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, King of the Patriarchs:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Master of the Apostles:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Strength of Martyrs:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Light of Confessors:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Purity of Virgins:
Have mercy upon us.

Jesus, Crown of all Saints:
Have mercy upon us.

Be gracious unto us:
Spare us O Jesus.

Be gracious unto us:
Graciously hear us, O Jesus.

From all evil:       
Deliver us, O Jesus.

From all sin:         
Deliver us, O Jesus.

From the crafts and assaults of the devil:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

From the spirit of fornication:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

From everlasting death:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

From the neglect of Thy inspirations:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Nativity:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Infancy:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy most divine Life:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Labors:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Agony and Passion:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Cross and Dereliction:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Sufferings:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy precious Death and Burial:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Resurrection:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Ascension:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist:
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Joys:       
Deliver us, O Jesus.

By Thy Glory:     
Deliver us, O Jesus.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world:
Spare us, O Jesus.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world:
Graciously hear us, O Jesus.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world:
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus.

O Jesus, hear us:
O Jesus, graciously hear us.

Kyrie:                    
Eleison.

Christe:                 
Eleison.

Kyrie eleison. Amen.
Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our Daily Bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. X But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Let us pray:
O Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast said, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"; mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the grace of Thy most divine love, that we may love Thee with all our hearts, and in all our words and actions, and never cease to praise Thee.   Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy name, for Thou never failest to govern those whom Thou dost solidly establish in Thy love. Thou who livest and reignest, world without end.
Amen.

2 comments:

Rev. Luke T. Zimmerman said...

Latif:

Do you happen to have a copy of "Lift Up Your Hearts" that the LCMS Commission on Worship put out in 1963? It is a spiral-bound collection of prayers and litanies. Kramer Chapel had a number of them that were occasionally used during my first year at seminary (1999-2000) for the 7:30am and 4:00pm prayer offices. (I'm assuming that they were used at Kramer Chapel in prior years.)

In that book, there are a number of litanies for congregational use. I've "modernized" the language of some of them for use during my Advent and Lent midweek services in my parish. The one that you posted seems very similar to the litanies found in that book.

LTZ+

Dcn Latif Haki Gaba SSP said...

Greetings & happy new year, Fr. Luke. I do not have this book. Not sure if I have seen it. It doesn't surprise me that something of that sort came out in those days, and I'd love to see it.