Litany of St John the Baptist

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This litany is privately composed and can be privately used, or even publicly within the diocese. John the Baptist seems to me to merit a Litany of his own. I found some, but thought another need not come amiss. The invocations it uses for John the Baptist are almost exclusively drawn from Scripture. It is, of course, open to improvement, be it addition or subtraction. It uses nouns to address the saint, but also the past and present participles. There are 36 invocations. The sequence is, in the broad sense, historical. The beginning and the end of the Litany follow the conventional model.                                    

Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB, Advent 2018


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, Mother of God, pray for us.
Cousin of Elizabeth, pray for us.
Voice bringing joy to John in the womb, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us
Man sent from God, pray for us
Messenger foretold in prophecy, pray for us
Child of Elizabeth and Zechariah, pray for u
Filled with the Holy Spirit, pray for us
Leaping in your mother’s womb, pray for us
Greatest born of woman, pray for us
Bringing joy and gladness by your birth, pray for us
Great before the Lord, pray for us,
Strengthened in spirit, pray for us
Living in the wilderness, pray for us
Made manifest to Israel, pray for us
Prophet of the most High, pray for us
Last and greatest of the prophets, pray for us
More than a prophet, pray for us
The Elijah who was to come, pray for us
Forerunner and herald of the Lord, pray for us
Voice crying in the wilderness, pray for us
Calling to repentance, pray for us
Reconciling fathers and sons, pray for us
Warning of judgement to come, pray for us
Making ready a people prepared, pray for us
Preparing a way for the Lord, pray for us
Preaching a baptism for the forgiveness of sins, pray for us
Preaching Good News to the people, pray for us.
Witness to the Light, pray for us,
Pointer to the Lamb, pray for us,
Fulfilling all righteousness, pray for us
Baptising the Lord, pray for us,
Witness of the Trinity, pray for us,
Friend of the Bridegroom, pray for us,
Upholder of the Law of God, pray for us
Defender of lawful marriage, pray for us,
Arrested, imprisoned, beheaded, pray for us,
Martyr to the truth, pray for us,
Intercessor before the Father, pray for us.

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, O Lord
Christ, hear us.  Christ, graciously, hear us.

V. Pray for us, St John the Baptist,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was born and sent to prepare the way for your Son, the Lamb of God, enable us by his prayers to bear the fruits that befit repentance and become ourselves friends of the Bridegroom, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen