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Litany to Jesuit Saints and Blesseds

The Jesuits imprisoned at Dachau created from memory a litany of our saints. Taking a cue from them in this benign Shelter at Home, the Jesuits at Montserrat Retreat House in Lake Dallas say this litany after Mass.

In the Name of the Father ...

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, our Father in heaven,        Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the World,            Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, Breath of Life,                   Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,                                        Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus,                Pray for us.

Holy Mary, Mother and Queen of our Society,    Pray for us.

Holy Virgin of Montserrat,                                   Pray for us.

Our Lady of the Way,                                          Pray for us.


Holy Father Ignatius,                                         Pray for us

St Peter Favre, beloved friend and spiritual guide,

St. Francis Xavier, first companion and missionary,     

St. Peter Canisius, catechist and doctor of the Church,

St. Edmund Campion, martyr of Christ in England,

St. Stanislaus Kostka, fugitive from home to die a Jesuit novice,

St. Paul Miki, crucified like Christ in Japan,

St. Robert Bellarmine, poor man and doctor of the church,

St. John Francis Regis, missioner to people in town and country,

St. Roque Gonzalez, murdered defending Paraguay’s Indians,

Sts. John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, martyred friends of Amerindians,

St. Peter Claver, selfless servant of the slaves in Colombia,

St. José de Anchieta, first recorder of the Tupi tongue and its poet,   

St. Andrew Bobola, bold pastor and bloody martyr in Poland,

St. John de Brito, encultured martyr of Christ in India,

St. Joseph Pignatelli, hallowed link of the once and future Company,

St. José Maria Rubio, teaching modern Madrid to do what God wants and want what God does,

St. James Berthieu, faithful pastor savagely killed in Madagascar,

St. Miguel Pro, joyful pastor and martyr for Cristo Rey in Mexico,

St. Alberto Hurtado, tireless holy agent of social change in Chile,

All you Saints of the Society of Jesus,


Bl. Dominic Collins, tall strong soldier hanged joyful in Ireland,

Bl. Julian Maunoir, Breton apostle who formed 1000 colleagues,

Bl. James Bonnaud, martyred in France by haters of the Church of Rome,

Bl. Francisco Garate, humble doorkeeper who found God in all things,

Bl. Rupert Mayer, apostle of Munich and fearless witness of truth,

Bl. Rutilio Grande, murdered for journeying with Salvador’s rejects,

All you Blessed of the Society of Jesus,

All you men, Companions of Jesus who have gone before us in the Lord’s service — preaching, teaching, building, pastoring, writing, always more, always better, always with love,


Christ, for whom we have done little and do less and would do much more, have mercy on us.

Christ, bloodied king leading us to victory in the fight with evil, have mercy on us.

Christ, risen glorious in our flesh and journeying with us in our  daily world, have mercy on us.


Then let us pray:

Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

though we are sinners, You called us as His companions

              to engage in the crucial struggle of our time—

              for faith and justice, for peace and love.

Bring to its fullest in us the work You shaped

              in Ignatius and his friends in the Lord—

              the work Your Spirit has blessed through the centuries.

Place us with your Son, and take us under the banner of the Cross

              to serve Him alone in His Church.

We dare to ask all of this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.            

~ Fr. Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ





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