Litany of the Holy Angels: Remember your spiritual mother and guardian angel on this day of love…

Litany of the Holy Angels

Lord, have Mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us

God the Father, Creator of the Angels, Have mercy on us
God the Son, Lord of the Angels, Have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit, Life of the Angels, Have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, delight of all the Angels, Have mercy on us
Holy Mary, Pray for us
Queen of Angels, Pray for us
All you Choirs of Blessed Spirits, Pray for us
Holy Seraphim, Angels of Love, Pray for us
Holy Cherubim, Angels of the Word, Pray for us
Holy Thrones, Angels of Life, Pray for us
Holy Angels of Adoration, Pray for us
Holy Dominions, Pray for us
Holy Powers, Pray for us
Holy Principalities, Pray for us
Holy Virtues, Pray for us
Holy Archangel Michael, Pray for us
Conqueror of Lucifer, Pray for us
Angel of Faith and Humility, Pray for us
Guardian of the Anointing of the Sick, Pray for us
Patron of the Dying, Pray for us
Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, Pray for us
Guide of souls to the judgement seat of God, Pray for us
Holy Archangel Gabriel, Pray for us
Angel of the Incarnation, Pray for us
Faithful Messenger of God, Pray for us
Angel of Hope and Peace, Pray for us
Protector of all servants and handmaids of God, Pray for us
Guardian of Baptism, Pray for us
Patron of Priests, Pray for us
Holy Archangel Raphael, Pray for us
Angel of Divine Love, Pray for us
Conqueror of the hellish fiend, Pray for us
Helper in great distress, Pray for us
Angel of suffering and of healing, Pray for us
Patron of physicians, wanderers and travelers, Pray for us
All Holy Archangels, Pray for us
Angels of service before the throne of God, Pray for us
Angels of service for mankind, Pray for us
Holy Guardian Angels, Pray for us
Helpers in all our needs, Pray for us
Light in all darkness, Pray for us
Support in all danger, Pray for us
Admonishers of our conscience, Pray for us
Intercessors before the throne of God, Pray for us
Shield of defense against evil spirits, Pray for us
Our constant companions, Pray for us
Our safest Guides, Pray for us
Our truest Friends, Pray for us
Our wisest Counselors, Pray for us
Our models of prompt obedience, Pray for us
Mirrors of humility and sincerity, Pray for us
Angels of our families, Pray for us
Angels of our priests and pastors, Pray for us
Angels of our children, Pray for us
Angels of our home and country, Pray for us
Angels of Holy Mother the Church, Pray for us
All you Holy Angels, Assist us
During Life, Assist us
In Death, Assist us
In heaven, we shall be grateful to you!
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

Celebrant: God has given his charge over you
Congregation: To guard you in all your ways

Let us pray: Almighty, eternal God, grant us the help of your heavenly Hosts that we may be preserved from the terrible assaults of the evil one by the Precious Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the intercession of the most Blessed and Immaculate Virgin Mary, so that free from all adversity, we may serve you again in peace. We ask this, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


2 thoughts on “Litany of the Holy Angels: Remember your spiritual mother and guardian angel on this day of love…”

  1. Rubbish!is their any other person interceeding for us except christ while ar some christain using the mother earth of our lord jesus in praying?

    1. Here brother [Nnamdiosky] perhaps this will help your understanding of the ancient Christian practice of seeking the intercession of the Saints… Prayers for you and yours–James


      To non-Catholic Christians, there aren’t very many religious practices that seem as peculiar as praying to the saints. “Shouldn’t we only be praying to God?” “What could a dead person possibly do for us?” Even though, from the earliest days of the Church, Christians have been praying to the virtuous men and women who have gone before us (i.e., asking them to intercede with God), it is still important for us to consider why this is worthwhile and if it is validated by the Bible. Does God approve? Let’s break open God’s Word and see whether it sanctions the practice of praying to the saints.

      The Saints: Alive in Christ

      At the core of the practice of praying to the saints is the belief that the saints are alive in Christ and full members of the community of believers, the Mystical Body of Christ. As St. Paul proclaims:

      “For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:38-39)

      When we live a life of grace and virtue, if you “put to death the deeds of the body,” then we will live (Rom 8:13). Yes, every person’s time on this earth must come to an end, but if we die in grace and righteousness, then we’ll live forever with God in heaven. The fact that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – prophets who died a long time ago – can still be declared by Jesus to be the God of the living (cf. Mt 22:32) is proof that the saints are very much alive. At any rate, how could Samuel appear to Saul (cf. 1 Sam 28:7-20), or Jeremiah appear to the Jews preparing for battle (cf. 2 Macc 15:12-16), or Moses and Elijah appear on the Mount of Transfiguration to talk with Jesus (cf. Mt 17:1-3), if the souls of the just do not live on after death? In Christ, “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Cor 15:54).

      Not only does their union with Christ ensure their eternal life, it also maintains their membership in the Body of Christ. God’s “plan for the fulness of time” – which has already been realized in the lives of the saints – is “to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Eph 1:9-10). In Christ, we are “fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Eph 2:19). By holding fast to the Head, the whole Body is joined and nourished and knit together (cf. Eph 2:20-21; 4:15-16; Col 2:18-19).

      Members of the Body Intercede for One Another

      To “intercede” for someone is to take that person’s need or petition to God. When we ask a friend to pray for us, we are asking for our friend’s intercession. Christians ask people to pray for them all the time on the basis that the more people who are praying, the better.

      This sort of intercession is a common practice in Scripture. For example, Moses often prayed on behalf of the people, that God would refrain from inflicting His just anger upon them (cf. Exo 32:11-14, 30-34; 34:9; Num 14:17-20; 21:7-9). Paul repeatedly implored the various churches to pray for him, his ministry, and those who were with him proclaiming the gospel (cf. Rom 15:30; Eph 6:19; Col 4:3-4; 1 Thes 5:25; 2 Thes 3:1; Heb 13:18). The instances are even more numerous of Paul and the other apostles and members of the Body of Christ praying for each other (e.g., Acts 8:15; 9:40; 28:8; 2 Cor 9:14; 13:9; Phil 1:9, 19; Col 1:3, 9; 2 Thes 1:11; Philem 1:22; 3 Jn 1:2).

      This essential bond of love and unity that compels us to seek the prayer of others and to pray for one another really typifies what membership in the Body of Christ is all about. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men” (1 Tim 2:1; cf. Mt 5:44; Eph 6:18; Jas 5:16). Since, as we have seen, the saints in heaven are alive and members of the Body, they must also be seen as participating in this worthwhile act of intercession.

      The Saints: Committed to Us and Our Needs

      What we find in Scripture is that the saints in heaven do, in fact, play their part. First of all, far from being disinterested in human affairs now that they have achieved perfect unity with God, the saints show themselves to be keenly involved in and aware of what happens to the Body of Christ on earth.

      Jesus said, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 18:10). Something about beholding the “Beatific Vision” (the vision of God in all His glory) makes the angels aware of the mistreatment of God’s children.

      Jesus also told us that there is joy among the angels in heaven over even one sinner who repents (cf. Lk 15:7, 10). We are “a spectacle” to them (1 Cor 4:9). The virtuous men and women who have gone before us make up a great “cloud of witnesses” that surrounds us as we run with perseverance the race that is set before us (Heb 12:1).

      The Saints: First Responders

      Because the saints are aware of us and our needs, the love that fills their hearts compels them to do something about it! In the Book of Job, we see an angel asking the Lord to deliver a man from death and return him to his youthful vigor (cf. 33:23-26). The Lord Himself told Jeremiah about how Moses and Samuel (who were long since dead) pleaded with Him on behalf of the people (cf. Jer 15:1). Zechariah spoke of an angel who lamented to the Lord that He had yet to show mercy to Jerusalem and the cities of Judah (cf. Zech 1:12). The martyrs in heaven cry out to God to judge and seek vengeance upon those who take the lives of God’s faithful people (cf. Rev 6:9-11). In heaven, the angels and saints offer our prayers to God like incense (cf. Rev 5:8; 8:3-4).

      What all of this proves is that it is in fact possible for us to communicate our needs to the saints, and for the saints to intercede for us, to take those needs to God. When we tell fellow Christians about a need that we have and ask them to take that need to God, this is essentially no different from what Catholics do when we pray to the saints, asking them to intercede. The saints, too, are our fellow Christians and greatly care about our needs.

      The Prayers of the Righteous Are Powerful

      James tells us in his letter, “The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects” (5:16). Or, to put it another way, “the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer” (1 Pet 3:12). No one is more righteous than a saint in heaven! We must also consider that the saints come from almost every walk of life imaginable. They took up every occupation, spoke every language, lived out every vocation, and hailed from every nation. They know what it’s like to be us and to have the needs that are unique to our situation in life.

      And so, because they are perfectly righteous and they understand the difficulties of this world for every man, the saints can pray perfect prayers on our behalf. Who wouldn’t want that?! Once all the evidence is considered, how can we not avail ourselves of this power and blessing?

      Cry Out to the Heavens

      Are there examples of anyone doing this in the Bible? The example of David is illustrative here. He implored the angels, “Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word!” (Psalm 103:20; cf. 148:2). We can do likewise.

      Could This Be Idol Worship?

      Many Christians doubt these practices. It can be difficult to get used to praying to anyone other than God. It might even feel like idolatry to do such a thing. But, keep in mind: a Catholic’s intentions when he prays to God are different from his intentions when he prays to the saints.

      Praying to the saints is not idolatry, for the simple fact that Catholics do not worship the saints, nor do we intend our prayers to them to be an act of worship. When we pray to God, it is an act of worship because to pray to God is to acknowledge that He is the Creator of all things, we are his humble creatures, and we depend on Him for all things.

      When we pray to the saints, however, it is simply to invoke their intercession. God (not any saint) is the ultimate source of all answers to prayer. We want to communicate our needs to the saints because, as we’ve already seen, we know that they understand the unique fears and anxieties that we face, and we know that they can make a perfect entreaty to the Lord for us. No faithful Catholic would ever turn the saints into gods, or try to derive secret or hidden knowledge from them, or enter into any type of false worship of the saints. Catholics consider themselves bound by Scripture, Tradition, and the teaching of the Church to worship God and Him alone.

      Isn’t Jesus the One Mediator?

      You may also be wondering how praying to the saints would square with Paul’s reminder that Jesus Christ is the one mediator between God and man (cf. 1 Tim 2:5-6). The key here is to understand what Paul means by “mediator.” First, here is the passage in question:

      5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time.

      Now, a mediator is someone who works between two estranged parties to bring them to agreement. Paul basically tells us in vs. 6 that this is what he has in mind when he refers to Jesus as the one who “gave himself as a ransom for all.” God and mankind are the two estranged parties, and Jesus brought them together again by “paying the ransom,” by dying for us.

      The saints don’t compete with this one mediator because they don’t (and can’t) do what He did. The saints don’t pay the price for all humanity’s sins. Jesus Christ is the one who “has broken down the dividing wall of hostility” (Eph 2:14), not the saints.

      Praying to the Saints Gives Glory to God

      This discussion of what Jesus has done for us brings us to a final point: ultimately, praying to the saints is all about Jesus. He is the one who granted them victory over death. He is the Head that unites all the members of the Body together. He is the one who hears the prayers of the saints – both those on earth and in heaven – and answers them faithfully. He is the reason why we have any hope of being where the saints are: alive with God forever.

      And so, we Catholics say: Give glory to God! Pray to the saints!

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