Prayer request for a journey of conversion

I’m off to Sacred Heart in Medford and will be offering Holy Mass for a family member and her journey of conversion. Please, I ask your prayers of supplication for the same… 

A little on what a litany is, followed by text of the Litany of Saints:

Litany

(Latin litania, letania, from Greek lite, prayer or supplication)

A litany is a well-known and much appreciated form of responsive petition, used in public liturgical services, and in private devotions, for common necessities of the Church, or in calamities — to implore God’s aid or to appease His just wrath. This form of prayer finds its model in Psalm cxxxv: “Praise the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Praise ye the God of gods . . . the Lord of lords . . . Who alone doth great wonders . . . Who made the heavens”, etc., with the concluding words in each verse, “for his mercy endureth for ever.” Similar is the canticle of praise by the youths in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:57-87), with the response, “praise and exalt him above all for ever.” In the Mass of the Oriental Church we find several litanies in use even at the present day. Towards the end of the Mass of the catechumens the deacon asks all to pray; he formulates the petitions, and all answer “Kyrie Eleison”. When the catechumens have departed, the deacon asks the prayers: for the peace and welfare of the world, for the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, for the bishops and priests, for the sick, for those who have gone astray, etc., to each of which petitions the faithful answer “Kyrie Eleison”, or “Grant us, 0 Lord”, or “We beseech Thee.” The litany is concluded by the words, “Save us, restore us again, 0 Lord, by Thy mercy.” The last petitions in our Litany of the Saints, with the responses “Deliver us, 0 Lord” and “We beseech Thee hear us”, show a great resemblance to the Mass Litany of the Greek Church. In the Ambrosian or Milanese Rite two litanies are recited on the Sundays of Lent instead of the “Gloria in excelsis”. In the Stowe Missal a litany is inserted between the Epistle and Gospel (Duchesne, “Christian Worship”, London, 1904, 199). The Roman Missal has retained the prayers for all classes of people in the Mass of the Presanctified on Good Friday, a full litany on Holy Saturday, and the triple repetition of “Kyrie Eleison”, “Christe Eleison”, “Kyrie Eleison”, in every Mass. The frequent repetition of the “Kyrie” was probably the original form of the Litany, and was in use in Asia and in Rome at a very early date. The Council of Vaison in 529 passed the decree: “Let that beautiful custom of all the provinces of the East and of Italy be kept up, viz., that of singing with great effect and compunction the “Kyrie Eleison” at Mass, Matins, and Vespers, because so sweet and pleasing a chant, even though continued day and night without interruption, could never produce disgust or weariness”. The number of repetitions depended upon the celebrant. This litany is prescribed in the Roman Breviary at the “Preces Feriales” and in the Monastic Breviary for every “Hora” (Rule of St. Benedict, ix, 17). The continuous repetition of the “Kyrie” is used today at the consecration of a church, while the relics to be placed in the altar are carried in procession around the church. Because the “Kyrie” and other petitions were said once or oftener, litanies were called planœ, ternœ, quinœ, septenœ.

When peace was granted to the Church after three centuries of bloody persecution, public devotions became common and processions were frequently held, with preference for days which the heathens had held sacred. These processions were called litanies, and in them pictures and other religious emblems were carried. In Rome, pope and people would go in procession each day, especially in Lent, to a different church, to celebrate the Sacred Mysteries. Thus originated the Roman “Stations”, and what was called the “Litania Major”, or “Romana”. It was held on 25 April, on which day the heathens had celebrated the festival of Robigalia, the principal feature of which was a procession. The Christian litany which replaced it set out from the church of S. Lorenzo in Lucina, held a station at S. Valentino Outside the Walls, and then at the Milvian Bridge. From thence, instead of proceeding on the Claudian Way, as the heathens had done, it turned to the left towards the Vatican, stopped at a cross, of which the site is not given, and again in the paradise or atrium of St. Peter’s, and finally in the basilica itself, where the station was held (Duchesne, 288). In 590, when a pestilence caused by an overflow of the Tiber was ravaging Rome, Gregory the Great commanded a litany which is called “Septiformis”; on the preceding day he exhorted the people to fervent prayer, and arranged the order to be observed in the procession, viz, that the clergy from S. Giovanni Battista, the men from S. Marcello, the monks from SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the unmarried women from SS. Cosma e Damiano, the married women from San Stefano, the widows from S. Vitale, the poor and the children from S. Cæcilia, were all to meet at S. Maria Maggiore. The “Litania Minor”, or “Gallicana”, on the Rogation Days before Ascension, was introduced (477) by St. Mamertus, Bishop of Vienne, on account of the earthquakes and other calamities then prevalent. It was prescribed for the whole of Frankish Gaul, in 511, by the Council of Orléans (can. xxvii). For Rome it was ordered by Leo III, in 799. In the Ambrosian Rite this litany was celebrated on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday after Ascension. In Spain we find a similar litany from Thursday to Saturday after Whitsuntide, another from the first to third of November, ordered by the Council of Gerunda in 517, and still another for December, commanded by the synod of Toledo in 638. In England the Litany of Rogation Days (Gang-Days) was known in the earliest periods. In Germany it was ordered by a Synod of Mainz in 813. Owing to the fact that the Mass Litany became popular through its use in processions, numberless varieties were soon made, especially in the Middle Ages. Litanies appeared in honour of God the Father, of God the Son, of God the Holy Ghost, of the Precious Blood, of the Blessed Virgin, of the Immaculate Conception, of each of the saints honoured in different countries, for the souls in Purgatory, etc. In 1601 Baronius wrote that about eighty forms were in circulation. To prevent abuse, Pope Clement VIII, by decree of the Inquisition of 6 Sept., 1601, forbade the publication of any litany, except that of the saints as found in the liturgical books and that of Loreto. Today the litanies approved for public recitation are: of All Saints, of Loreto, of the Holy Name, of the Sacred Heart, and of St. Joseph.

Litany of the Saints

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
 
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 
God the Holy Spirit, 
Holy Trinity, one God,
 
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, 
Holy Mother of God, 
Holy Virgin of virgins,
St. Michael, 
St. Gabriel, 
St. Raphael, 
All you Holy Angels and Archangels, 
St. John the Baptist, 
St. Joseph, 
All you Holy Patriarchs and Prophets,
 
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
St. Peter, 
St. Paul, 
St. Andrew, 
St. James, 
St. John, 
St. Thomas, 
St. James,
St. Philip, 
St. Bartholomew, 
St. Matthew,
St. Simon,
St. Jude,
St. Matthias,
St. Barnabas,
St. Luke,
St. Mark,
All you holy Apostles and Evangelists, 
All you holy Disciples of the Lord, 
All you holy Innocents,
 
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
St. Stephen, 
St. Lawrence,
St. Vincent, 
Sts. Fabian and Sebastian, 
Sts. John and Paul, 
Sts. Cosmos and Damian, 
All you holy Martyrs,
 
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
St. Sylvester, 
St. Gregory, 
St. Ambrose, 
St. Augustine, 
St. Jerome, 
St. Martin, 
St. Nicholas, 
All you holy Bishops and Confessors,
All you holy Doctors,
 
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
St. Anthony, 
St. Benedict, 
St. Bernard, 
St. Dominic,  
St. Francis, 
All you holy Priests and Levites, 
All you holy Monks and Hermits,
 
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
St. Mary Magdalene, 
St. Agatha, 
St. Lucy, 
St. Agnes, 
St. Cecilia, 
St. Anastasia,
St. Catherine, 
St. Clare,
All you holy Virgins and Widows,
All you holy Saints of God, 
 
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
pray for us.
Lord, be merciful, 
From all evil, 
From all sin, 
From your wrath, 
From a sudden and unprovided death, 
From the snares of the devil, 
From anger, hatred, and all ill-will, 
From the spirit of uncleanness, 
From lightning and tempest, 
From the scourge of earthquake, 
From plague, famine, and war, 
From everlasting death, 
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
By the mystery of your holy Incarnation,
By your Coming, 
By your Birth, 
By your Baptism and holy fasting, 
By your Cross and Passion, 
By your Death and Burial, 
By your holy Resurrection, 
By your wonderful Ascension, 
By the coming of the Holy Spirit,
On the day of judgment, 
 
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Lord, save your people.
Be merciful to us sinners, Lord, hear our prayer.
That you will spare us, 
That you will pardon us,
That it may please you to bring us to true
     penance, 
Guide and protect your holy Church, 
Preserve in holy religion the Pope, and all
     those in holy Orders,
Humble the enemies of holy Church, 
Give peace and unity to the whole Christian
     people,  
Bring back to the unity of the Church all
     those who are straying, and bring all
     unbelievers to the light of the Gospel, 
Strengthen and preserve us in your holy
     service,
Raise our minds to desire the things of
     heaven, 
Reward all our benefactors with eternal
     blessings, 
Deliver our souls from eternal damnation,
     and the souls of our brethren, relatives,
     and benefactors,
Give and preserve the fruits of the earth, 
Grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed,
That it may please You to hear and heed
     us, Jesus, Son of the Living God,
 
Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord, hear our prayer.Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord, hear our prayer.Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of
     the world,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of
     the world,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of
     the world,
Spare us, O Lord!Graciously hear us, O Lord!Have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us,
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, graciously hear us
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

HT/EWTNNew Advent

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12 thoughts on “Prayer request for a journey of conversion”

  1. Prayer Request:
    Please pray for Eric McDonald-
    Pray for Eric’s salvation…
    Pray for God’s best for Eric…
    I do not know where Eric or how he is…
    I pray for his well being-Pray God to watch over him and protect him…
    I miss my friend -I am sorry we lost touch…
    Pray God will send good friends to help and bless his life…
    Pray Eric will know joy now and eternal joy forever more.

  2. Dear brother in christ, praise the lord .In the name of lord “JESUS” i am well over here as well as i hope so that you all will be allright.
    The main thing is to write this letter is like that.
    MY nmae is Miss. Anamika Minj and i am studentin teacher tranning college at govindpur . There are so many difficulties i am fcing since childhood because i born to stuggle a lot of thing. please pray for me to tolerate pitiable conditions and iniquities that i should move forward in straight direction n all respects.Please lift me up in your prayer .
    For this act of kindness i will be oblige to you forever.

    your sister
    Anamika

  3. please pray for me. i feel desperate right now. i feel that god has abandoned me and has not answered my prayers. please pray that i shall continue holding on, to still have faith in god, and believe that he is still there by my side to answer my prayers. i pray for financial blessing and job & love marriage. i came to masi abt six months back now i am totaly devoted to jesus. iam facing so many problems in my life. . i wantt o tell abt my brife history.i am 29yrs old. when i was 20 my parents decided to marry me. after marriage first night the person told me he loves with other girl . after two months iam came back in my home.finaly divorce ho gaya, after that i have started job but 2007 i lost my job. after that i joined one mnc bt also lost my job, now iam searching job, today iam hopeless.last 2008 one person rajeev came in my life. i know him very much, i love him i accepted him as my husband. itold him abt my past. he is also love with me. but misfortunes always wth me i lost my love also, his parents does not agree to marry with me, last nov 2009 we didnot talk, bt he tries talk, but last feb he didnot talk , i love him very much. i can not live wthout him, i totaly depressed, what should i do, i have done fasting with prayer. plz pray for me i know if u will pray for me i will get both the things in my life.plz i know god do impossible thing possible.
    plz pray for my lost love and job.

  4. PRAYER REQUESTS:

    To be free of persecution,healing,protection,blessing,fire of Holly Spirit must come on evil ,devil and bad things againts pastor Thiebestro in Jesus Name ,prosperity,miracles in finances,miracles to have good job and work,miracles in pastor Thiebestro’s life in Jesus Name .

  5. pray for owen and dee to get back together as a family and have a
    good life together. and to be in love always. And that court will turn out
    great

  6. please pray for my mother in law nelly. She had a big operation to remover her cancer from her lung last week . since then she has gotten sicker and sicker. she is currently on a machine that is breathing for her. She is very sick and in critical condition and needs your help. She loves pope john paul the second and has his photo and card on her pillow beside her in the icu. please pray for her to have the strength to get through this and be well again. she has devoted her life to loving the church and loving god please pray for her she needs all the help she can get. please help her and please say as many prayers as possible. She prays for everyone all the time and always says she is putting her life in the hands of god please prayer for her that god takes care of her and helps her get well again please.
    thank you

  7. please pray to dear god/jesus for me – i am suicidal and want to end everything in my life – i have poor health and am very confused and depressed – i have a tormenting unclean spirit inside me that needs taking out for good – amen
    i often ask dear god/jesus to end my life but it never happens

    1. James–

      Ending everything in your life through suicide is not the answer to your suffering(s). And the temptation to such is not from God. Many years ago I myself was tempted to this extreme act of hopelessness. But, we are not a people without hope.

      I encourage you first to take immediate action in defending your life by seeking competent Catholic medical/counseling treatment (now/today) until the current temptation to suicide has passed. If such treatment is unavailable to you for some reason, seek a secular means for this immediate crisis. The point is to get you through this immediate crisis so that you don’t intentionally or unintentionally lose your life.

      Secondly, You are in need of all the graces of God. And so I highly encourage you to surrender every need of yours with trust to Jesus through the intercession of Mary, His Mother. Jesus on the Cross gave her to you and all men, and She is a true spiritual mother who knows well the sorrows and sufferings of every man, as her heart is forever in union with the heart of the man and God who knows all sorrows and sufferings–Christ Jesus

      You are not abandoned nor orphaned in this time of crisis. But, you must allow heaven to help by cooperating in defending the life God has given you, and then surrending yourself to the life of God, who is capable of all things– including your restoration in strength of body, mind and spirit.

      You are not alone. Again, treat the immediate crisis (Now/Today) through professional help, meet with your priest on the spiritual aspects of your suffering, and when the crisis has subsided, surrender into the heart of God through the heart of his mother… Please keep in contact as I am here for you also… I will be offering the Holy Mass for your protection and healing this very day…

      James Mary Evans

    2. i will be praying for you that your feelings of hopelessness will pass. read the blog message jimmy left for you and instead of asking the Lord to end your life, ask Him to help you endure, ask Him to enter your life and heal it. He can and will. sometimes, i know, it’s impossible to see the grace you’ve been given and it’s painful to suffer the way you are. the only way out of it, though, is through it. my children will also be praying for you. your sister in christ

  8. Please pray for me and my family. Most of our children and grandchildren are not practicing the Catholic faith. Please pray God leads them back to the Catholic Church. Thank you for your prayers. Peace to all.

  9. Please pray I love God more than I thought it was ever possible to love anyone. Please keep the dark forces of Satan away from me and my family. Please pray I have a strong devotion to our heavenly Mother Mary. Please pray for all the poor souls. May God bless you. Blessings.

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