LITANY OF PENANCE

John Henry Cardinal Newman

From Quinquagesima down to end of Second Week in Lent

LORD have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
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 Ghost, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.
Incarnate Lord, Have mercy on us.
Lover of souls, Have mercy on us.
Saviour of sinners, Have mercy on us.
Who didst come to seek those that were lost, Have mercy on us.
Who didst fast for them forty days and nights, Have mercy on us.
By Thy tenderness towards Adam when he fell, Have mercy on us.
By Thy faithfulness to Noe in the ark, Have mercy on us.
By Thy remembrance of Lot in the midst of sinners, Have mercy on us.
By Thy mercy on the Israelites in the desert, Have mercy on us.
By Thy forgiveness of David after his confession, Have mercy on us.
By Thy patience with wicked Achab on his humiliation, Have mercy on us.
By Thy restoration of the penitent Manasses, Have mercy on us.
By Thy long suffering towards the Ninevites, when they went in sackcloth and ashes. Have mercy on us.

By Thy blessing on the Maccabees, who fasted before the battle, Have mercy on us.
By Thy choice of John to go before Thee as the preacher of penance, Have mercy on us.
By Thy testimony to the Publican, who hung his head and smote his breast, Have mercy on us.
By Thy welcome given to the returning Prodigal, Have mercy on us.
By Thy gentleness with the woman of Samaria, Have mercy on us.
By Thy condescension towards Zacchaeus, persuading him to restitution, Have mercy on us.
By Thy pity upon the woman taken in adultery, Have mercy on us.
By Thy love of Magdalen, who loved much, Have mercy on us.
By Thy converting look, at which Peter wept, Have mercy on us.
By Thy gracious words to the thief upon the cross, Have mercy on us.
We sinners, beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may judge ourselves, and so escape Thy judgment, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may bring forth worthy fruits of penance, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That sin may not reign in our mortal bodies, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may work out our salvation with fear and trembling, We beseech Thee, hear us.
Son of God,
We beseech Thee, hear us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

O Lord, hear our prayer.
And let our cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray.

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to Thy faithful, pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their offences, and also serve Thee with a quiet mind, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Copyright 1999 Catholic Information Network (CIN) - January 31, 1999

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