LITANY OF THE HOLY CROSS

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, our Advocate,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Cross, Whereon the Lamb of God was offered for the sins of the world,
Deliver and save us.

Holy Cross, Hope of Christians, 

(in private) Jesus remember me *

(in community) Jesus remember us*

 

Holy Cross, Pledge of the resurrection from the dead,*

 

Holy Cross, Shelter of persecuted innocence, *

 
Holy Cross, Guide of the blind,*

 

Holy Cross, Way of those who have gone astray,*

 
Holy Cross, Staff of the lame, *

 
Holy Cross, Consolation of the poor,*

 
Holy Cross, Restraint of the powerful, *

 
Holy Cross, Destruction of the proud,*

 
Holy Cross, Refuge of sinners,*

 
Holy Cross, Trophy of victory over hell, *

 
Holy Cross, Terror of demons, *

 
Holy Cross, Mistress of youth, *

 
Holy Cross, Succor of the distressed, *

 
Holy Cross, Hope of the hopeless, *

 
Holy Cross, Star of the mariner, *

 
Holy Cross, Harbor of the wrecked, *

 
Holy Cross, Rampart of the besieged,*

 
Holy Cross, Father of orphans, *

 
Holy Cross, Defense of widows, *

Holy Cross, Evidence of God 's Love, *

Holy Cross, Protector of Godly Families, *

 

Holy Cross, Defender of the Unborn, *

 

Holy Cross, Hope for the Blessed Souls in Purgatory, *

Holy Cross, Sum of the Beatitude, *

Holy Cross, Fulfillment of the Law and Prophets, *

 
Holy Cross, Counsel of the just, *

 
Holy Cross, Judge of the wicked, *

 
Holy Cross, Rest of the afflicted, *

 
Holy Cross, Safeguard of childhood, *

 
Holy Cross, Strength of manhood, *

 
Holy Cross, Last hope of the aged, *

 
Holy Cross, Light of those who sit in darkness, *

 
Holy Cross, Splendor of kings, *

 
Holy Cross, Civilizer of the  world, *

 
Holy Cross, Buckler impenetrable, *

 
Holy Cross, Wisdom of the foolish,*

 
Holy Cross, Liberty of slaves,*

 
Holy Cross, Knowledge of the ignorant,*

 
Holy Cross, Sure rule of life, *

 
Holy Cross, Heralded by prophets, *

 
Holy Cross, Preached by apostles, *

 
Holy Cross, Glory of martyrs,*

Holy Cross, Witness of the Truth, *

 
Holy Cross, Study of anchorites,*

 
Holy Cross, Chastity of virgins, *

 
Holy Cross, Joy of priests, *

 
Holy Cross, Foundation of the Church,*

 
Holy Cross, Salvation of the world, *

  
Holy Cross, Destruction of idolatry, *

 
Holy Cross, Stumbling-block of the Jews,*

 
Holy Cross, Condemnation of the ungodly,*

 
Holy Cross, Support of the weak,*

 
Holy Cross, Medicine of the sick,*

 
Holy Cross, Health of the leprous,*

 
Holy Cross, Strength of the paralytic,*

 
Holy Cross, Bread of the hungry,*

 
Holy Cross, Fountain of those that thirst, *

 
Holy Cross, Clothing of the naked, *


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,
Hear us, O Lord.


Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.


Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You,
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Let us Pray:

O God, Who for the redemption of the world, was pleased to be born in a stable and to die upon a cross; O Lord Jesus Christ, by Your holy sufferings, which we, Your unworthy servants, call to mind: by Your Holy Cross, and by Your death, deliver us from the pains of Hell, and grant to conduct us where You conducted the good thief who was crucified with You, Who lives and reigns eternally in Heaven.

Amen.

This litany dates from the Middle Ages and from many countries; while the refrain refers to the Holy Cross, it is considered that in doing so, we are actually referring to our Savior Who hung upon it and thereby redeemed us all. By our salutation to the chief instrument of Our Lord's Passion and death, we trust in hope that He will show mercy to us.

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