Friday, December 25, 2009

Litany to the Infant Jesus

Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy,
Christ, have mercy, Christ, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy.
Infant Jesus, hear us,
Infant Jesus, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven,
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God the Holy Ghost,
Holy Trinity, One God,
Infant Jesus,
         Response: Have mercy on us.
Infant, very God,
Infant, Son of the Living God,
Infant, Son of the Virgin Mary,
Infant, begotten before the morning star,
Infant, Word made flesh,
Infant, Wisdom of your Father,
Infant, Purity of your mother,
Infant, only Son of your Father,
Infant, First-Born of you mother,
Infant, Image of your Father,
Infant, Creator of your mother,
Infant, Splendor of your Father,
Infant, Honor of your mother,
Infant, equal to your Father,
Infant, subject to your mother,
Infant, Joy of your Father,
Infant, Riches of your mother,
Infant, Gift of your Father,
Infant, Offering of your mother,
Infant, precious fruit of a virgin,
Infant, Creator of man,
Infant, Power of God,
Infant, our God,
Infant, our Brother,
Infant, perfect Man from your conception,
Infant, ancient in wisdom from your childhood,
Infant, Father of ages,
Infant, of days,
Infant, giving life, and nourished at the breast,
Infant, Eternal Word, and making yourself dumb,
Infant, weeping in the crib,
Infant, thundering in heaven,
Infant, terror of hell,

Infant, Joy of Paradise,
Infant, dreaded by tyrants,
Infant, desired by the Magi,
Infant, exiled from your people,
Infant, King in exile,
Infant, Destroyer of idols,
Infant, Vindicator of the glory of God,
Infant, strong in weakness,
Infant, powerful in abasement,
Infant, Treasure of Grace,
Infant, Fountain of Love,
Infant, Author of the blessings of heaven,
Infant, Repairer of the evils of earth,
Infant, Head of the angels,
Infant, Stem of the patriarchs,
Infant, Word of the prophets,
Infant, Expectation of nations,
Infant, Joy of the shepherds,
Infant, Light of the Magi,
Infant, Salvation of children,
Infant, Hope of the just,
Infant, Teacher of doctors,
Infant, First-fruits of the saints,
Be merciful,
          Response: Spare us, O Infant Jesus,
Be merciful,
          Response: Graciously hear us, O Infant Jesus.
From the bondage of the children of Adam,
          Response: Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the slavery of the devil,
From the corruption of the world,
From the lust of the flesh,
From the pride of life,
From the immoderate desire of knowledge,
From the blindness of mind,
From the perversity of will,
From our sins,
Through your most pure conception,
Through your most humble birth,
Through your tears,
Through your most painful circumcision,
Through your most glorious epiphany,
Through your most devout presentation,
Through your most innocent conversation in the world,
Through your most holy life,
Through your poverty,
Through your sorrows,
Through your labors and travails.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
          Spare us, O Infant Jesus,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
          Graciously hear us, O Infant Jesus,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
          Have mercy on us, O Infant Jesus.
Infant Jesus, hear us,
Infant Jesus, graciously hear us.

O Lord Jesus, who allowed the greatness of your incarnate divinity and most sacred humanity to be born in time, to become a little child, and to suffer bitter death, grant that we may acknowledge infinite wisdom in the silence of a child, power in weakness, majesty in abasement, so that adoring your humility and littleness on earth we may contemplate your glories in heaven. We ask this of you, who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns God, forever and ever. Amen.

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