The many faces of St. Francis from the Basilica

Litany of the Holy Childhood of Jesus


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.
O Divine Infant Jesus, sent to earth from Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, born of Mary in Bethlehem,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, wrapped in swaddling clothes,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, placed in the crib,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, praised by the Angels,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, adored by the shepherds,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, proclaimed as Savior through Thy adorable Name,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, announced by the star,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, worshipped by the Magi with symbolic gifts,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, presented in the Temple by the Virgin,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, embraced by the aged Simeon,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, revealed in the Temple by the prophetess Anna,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, persecuted by King Herod,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, fleeing into the exile of Egypt,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, crowning with martyrdom the infants of Bethlehem,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, rejoicing the heart of Mary with Thy first words,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, learning to take Thy first steps in exile,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, returning from Egypt to be reared in Nazareth,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, loved by all as a shining example of obedience,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, brought to the Temple at the age of twelve,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, lost by Mary and Joseph on their return home,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, sought for three days with great sorrow,
Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, found with great delight,
Have mercy on us.

Be merciful,
O Jesus.
Be merciful, hear us,
O Jesus.
From all evil, deliver us,
O Jesus.
From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From misconduct in the Church,
deliver us, O Jesus.
From quarrels and anger,
deliver us, O Jesus.
From lies and thievery,
deliver us, O Jesus.
From evil talk and bad example,
deliver us, O Jesus.
From bad habits,
deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine Incarnation,
deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy birth,
deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy most bitter poverty,
deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy persecution and sufferings,
deliver us, O Jesus.
Through the intercession of Thy most holy Mother,
deliver us, O Jesus.
Through the intercession of Thy holy foster father,
deliver us, O Jesus.
Through the intercession of the Holy Innocents,
deliver us, O Jesus.
Through the intercession of all the Angels and Saints,
deliver us, O Jesus.

We, Thy sinful children,
beseech Thee to hear us,
Hear our prayer for the salvation of the unfortunate heathen,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
With pity,
we beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst look kindly upon our small gifts,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wouldst number the men of God among Thy Saints,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wouldst richly bless their apostolic works,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That all the world may kneel before Thee,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may be zealous to convert all unbelievers,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
In the Name of Thy Holy Childhood,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may keep our Baptismal vows faithfully,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may rejoice to be children of Thy Father in Heaven,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may ever honor and love our Father in Heaven,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may pray as Christian children,
freely and devoutly,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may willingly obey Thy Commandments,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may inscribe in our hearts the Fourth Commandment: "Honor thy father and thy Mother, "
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may grow in wisdom and virtue as we grow in years,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt keep us innocent,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt deliver us from temptation,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt instill in us great love and devotion for Thy Mother, Mary,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may never make an unworthy Confession,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may receive Holy Communion with sincerity,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt grant our parents a long life,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt grant them Thy best gifts,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt enlighten our pastors and give them strength,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt repay our benefactors with eternal gifts,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt have mercy upon the poor souls in Purgatory,
we beseech Thee to hear us.
Lamb of God,
Who takest away the sins of the world,
we beseech Thee to hear us.

Spare us,
O Lord.
Lamb of God,
Who takest away the sins of the world,
Hear our prayer,
O Lord.
Lamb of God,
Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us,
O Lord.

V. Christ, hear us
R. Christ, graciously hear us.


Let Us Pray.
We pray to Thee, Heavenly Father, Who for the Infant Jesus' sake adopted us as Thy children and as heirs of Heaven,
look kindly upon children not of the Faith and let them participate in our unearned and priceless fortune.
We ask this through the Infant Jesus Christ, Thy Son Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
Amen

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy,
Christ,
have mercy,
Christ,
have mercy.
Lord have mercy,
Lord,
have mercy.
Infant Jesus, hear us,
Infant Jesus, 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 Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.

Infant, very God,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Son of the Living God,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Son of the Virgin Mary,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, begotten before the morning star,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Word made flesh,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Wisdom of Thy Father,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Purity of Thy mother,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, only Son of Thy Father,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, First-Born of Thy mother,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Image of Thy Father,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Creator of Thy mother,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Splendor of Thy Father,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Honor of Thy mother,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, equal to Thy Father,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, subject to Thy mother,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Joy of Thy Father,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Riches of Thy mother,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Gift of Thy Father,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Offering of Thy mother,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, precious fruit of a Virgin,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Creator of man,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Power of God,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, our God,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, our Brother,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, perfect Man from Thy conception,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, ancient in wisdom from Thy childhood,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Father of ages,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, of days,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, giving life, and nourished at the breast,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Eternal Word, and making Thyself dumb,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, weeping in the crib,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, thundering in Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, terror of Hell,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Joy of Paradise,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, dreaded by tyrants,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, desired by the Magi,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, exiled from Thy people,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, King in exile,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Destroyer of idols,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Vindicator of the glory of God,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, strong in weakness,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, powerful in abasement,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Treasure of Grace,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Fountain of Love,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Author of the blessings of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Repairer of the evils of earth,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Head of the Angels,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Stem of the Patriarchs,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Word of the Prophets,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Expectation of nations,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Joy of the shepherds,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Light of the Magi,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Salvation of children,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Hope of the just,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, Teacher of Doctors,
Have mercy on us.
Infant, First-fruits of the Saints,
Have mercy on us.

Spare us, O Infant Jesus, Be merciful.
From the bondage of the children of Adam,
Graciously hear us, O Infant Jesus.

From the slavery of the devil,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the corruption of the world,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the lust of the flesh,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the pride of life,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the immoderate desire of knowledge,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the blindness of mind,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the perversity of will,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From our sins,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most pure conception,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most humble birth,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy tears,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most painful circumcision,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most glorious epiphany,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most devout presentation,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most innocent conversation in the world,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most holy life,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy poverty,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy sorrows,
Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy labors and travails.
Infant Jesus, deliver us.

Lamb of God,
Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us,
O Infant Jesus.
Lamb of God,
Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us,
O Infant Jesus.
Lamb of God,
Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us,
O Infant Jesus.

Infant Jesus, hear us,
Infant Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let Us Pray.
O Lord Jesus, Who didst allow the greatness of Thine incarnate Divinity and most sacred humanity to be born in time, to become a little Child, and to suffer bitter death, grant that we may acknowledge infinite wisdom in the silence of a child, power in weakness, majesty in abasement, so that adoring Thy humility and littleness on earth we may contemplate Thy glories in Heaven. We ask this of Thee, Who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns God, forever and ever. Amen.


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