Wednesday, September 10, 2014

HWP: Litany of St. Peter Claver

Yesterday was the feast of the great Jesuit missionary, St. Peter Claver, who made himself a 'slave of the slaves' and devoted himself to caring for the physical and spiritual needs of over 300,000 African slaves and preaching missions to numerous slave merchants in hopes of converting hearts, which continues to bear spiritual fruits even today. At the same time, there are still countless souls in need of having their needs cared for and their minds enlightened by Christ Jesus. So let us pray for those who do not yet know Christ, those who devote their lives to missionary service, and for world's poor bound in physical or spiritual chains as we pray...

The Litany of St. Peter Claver

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, Have mercy on us!
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us!
God, the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us!  
Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
St. John the Baptist, pray for us.
St. Peter and St. Paul, pray for us.
St. Peter Claver, pray for us.  
Peter Claver, worthy son of St. Ignatius, pray for us.
Peter Claver, priest of God and servant to the Church, pray for us.
Peter Claver, generous imitator of St. Francis Xavier, pray for us.
Peter Claver, brilliant light of the New Word, pray for us.
Peter Claver, who exchanged the riches of this world for evangelical poverty, pray for us.
Peter Claver, apostle to blacks brought to the New World, pray for us.
Peter Claver, who by vow made thyself slave of the slaves, pray for us.
Peter Claver, refuge of the miserable, pray for us.
Peter Claver, great wonder worker, pray for us.
Peter Claver, who cured the sick and consoled the afflicted, pray for us.
Peter Claver, Liberator of slaves unto the freedom of the children of God, pray for us.
Peter Claver, model of evangelical industry, pray for us.
Peter Claver, tender father of the poor and orphans, pray for us.
Peter Claver, who made thyself all things to all in order to gain them for Christ, pray for us.
Peter Claver, who in all trials of this life didst put thy trust in God, pray for us.
Peter Claver, who wished to be accounted as nothing and forgotten by men, pray for us.
Peter Claver, who sought no other wisdom but the folly of the Cross, pray for us.
Peter Claver, shining example of humility and self renunciation, pray for us.
Peter Claver, perfect example of obedience and subjection, pray for us.
Peter Claver, intrepid apostle, powerful in word and deed, pray for us.
Peter Claver, martyr for Christ for the salvation of souls, pray for us.
Peter Claver, zealous lover of the most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Peter Claver, imitator of the suffering Savior, pray for us.
Peter Claver, powerful protector of all who invoke thee, 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!  
Christ, hear us!
Christ, graciously hear us!
Lord, have mercy on us!
Lord, hear our prayer! 
O God, who to bring the poor to the knowledge of Thy most Holy Name, you gave to thy priest, St. Peter Claver, an admirable spirit of abnegation and heroic charity. Grant us through his intercession, not to seek our own satisfaction but the glory of Thy Divine son, that we may be able to love our neighbor in sincerity and truth, through Christ our Lord. Amen!