Litany of Loreto

Perhaps the most popular prayer in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary known to Catholic piety. It is most frequently used in shorter forms of public devotion, such as Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, a visit to the church during the day, or on occasion of special devotions to the Mother of God. It was first recited by the clergy and people of Loreto, a small place in Italy to which, according to tradition, the angels transported the humble cottage of the Virgin Mary. Its first form was probably put into print by Saint Peter Canisius about 1551. Later this form was abrogated by decree of Pope Saint Pius V. Another litany, composed for the most part of scriptural names as applied to the Blessed Virgin, supplanted it. But the appeal of the latter was not great and soon the old form was again in vogue. Its form has been little altered since. Additions have been made to it from time to time.

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,
   pray for us.
Mother of Christ,
   pray for us.
Mother of divine grace,
   pray for us.
Mother most pure,
   pray for us.
Mother most chaste,
   pray for us.
Mother inviolate,
   pray for us.
Mother undefiled,
   pray for us.
Mother most amiable,
   pray for us.
Mother most admirable,
   pray for us.
Mother of good counsel,
   pray for us.
Mother of our Creator,
   pray for us.
Mother of our Savior,
   pray for us.
Virgin most prudent,
   pray for us.
Virgin most venerable,
   pray for us.
Virgin most renouned,
   pray for us.
Virgin most powerful,
   pray for us.
Virgin most merciful,
   pray for us.
Virgin most faithful,
   pray for us.
Mirror of justice,
   pray for us.
Seat of wisdom,
   pray for us.
Cause of our joy,
   pray for us.
Spiritual vessel,
   pray for us.
Vessel of honor,
   pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion,
   pray for us.
Mystical rose,
   pray for us.
Tower of David,
   pray for us.
Tower of ivory,
   pray for us.
House of gold,
   pray for us.
Ark of the covenant,
   pray for us.
Gate of heaven,
   pray for us.
Morning star,
   pray for us.
Health of the sick,
   pray for us.
Refuge of sinners,
   pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted,
   pray for us.
Help of Christians,
   pray for us.
Queen of Angels,
   pray for us.
Queen of Patriarchs,
   pray for us.
Queen of Prophets,
   pray for us.
Queen of Apostles,
   pray for us.
Queen of Martyrs,
   pray for us.
Queen of Confessors,
   pray for us.
Queen of Virgins,
   pray for us.
Queen of all Saints,
   pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin,
   pray for us.
Queen assumed into heaven,
   pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
   pray for us.
Queen of Peace,
   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.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray: Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body; and, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.