A novena litany in honor of St. Louis IX, King of France

On Tuesday, August 25, the feast of St. Louis IX, King of France, is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church. Legendary for piety, justice, and charity, Louis is the patron saint of France, hairdressers, and lacemakers.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a church such as St. Louis Church in Alexandria, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of this litany from the Catholicism.about.com website on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on August 10:

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 Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, . . .
Saint Louis of France, . . .
Saint Louis, scion of devout parents, . . .
Saint Louis, constant protector of the children of God, . . .
Saint Louis, steadfast teacher of piety, . . .
Saint Louis, true model of Christian virtue, . . .
Saint Louis, faithful confessor of the living Christ, . . .
Saint Louis, kingly bearer of humiliations, . . .
Saint Louis, staunch defender of the glorified Christ, . . .
Saint Louis, true martyr of the flesh by mortification, . . .
Saint Louis, detester of worldly pride and honor, . . .
Saint Louis, saviour of souls, . . .
Saint Louis, ardent lover of God, . . .
Saint Louis, kind friend of enemies, . . .
Saint Louis, rapt in prayer to God, . . .
Saint Louis, hope of sinners, . . .
Saint Louis, giver of gifts, . . .
Saint Louis, founder of charitable institutions for the afflicted, . . .
Saint Louis, generous giver of alms, . . .
Saint Louis, lavish dispenser of riches, . . .
Saint Louis, guard of the holy places of pilgrimage, . . .
Saint Louis, detester of immoderate people, . . .
Saint Louis, protector of widows and orphans, . . .
Saint Louis, defender of the sepulchre of Our Lord Jesus Christ, . . .
Saint Louis, victor over the Saracens, . . .
Saint Louis, protector of those in pagan slavery, . . .
Saint Louis, converter of unbelievers to the Christian faith, . . .
Saint Louis, visitor of hospitals and dispenser of favors to the infirm, . . .
Saint Louis, healer of the sick, . . .
Saint Louis, intercessor and patron of the French King, . . .
Saint Louis, from whom those who flee to thee obtain the infallible help of God, . . .
Saint Louis, at whose request divers diseases are miraculously cured, pray for 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.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Our Father (secretly). Hail Mary (secretly).

℣. Pray for us, Saint Louis:
℟. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O Lord, King of kings, Jesus Christ, Who didst love Saint Louis and didst lead him into the heavenly Kingdom: grant that by his intercession and good works, we may participate in his glory for all eternity. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

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