Litany for Priests

Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
give all priests Thy spirit of humility;
Jesus, poor and worn out for souls,
give all priests Thy spirit of zeal;
Jesus, full of patience and mercy for sinners,
give all priests Thy spirit of compassion;
Jesus, victim for the sins of the world,
give all priests Thy spirit of sacrifice;
Jesus, lover of the little and the poor,
give all priests Thy spirit of charity.
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us;
and obtain for us numerous and holy
priests and religious.


(For private use with expanded version)
Lord, have mercy on us.
— Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
— Christ, graciously hear us.
God, Our Father, Creator and Sustainer of all, — have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Lord and Redeemer of the human family, — have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, Defender and Guide, — have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, — have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, ** Resp.: Have mercy on us, or Fill us.
Holy Spirit, co-equal with the Father and the Son, **
Holy Spirit, our Comforter (Jn 14:16), **
Holy Spirit, our Sanctifier, **
Holy Spirit, our Advocate/Paraclete, **
Promise of God the Father, most bounteous, **
Ray of Heavenly Light, **
Author of all good, **
Source of Divine Water, (Jn 4:10)**
All Consuming Fire, consume us, **
Spiritual Unction, **
Spirit of Truth (Jn 14:17) and Power (Acts 1:8), **
Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, (Is 11:2)**
Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, ” **
Spirit of Knowledge and piety, ” **
Spirit of Fear (Reverence) of the Lord, ” **
Spirit of Compunction, **
Spirit of Grace and Prayer (Rm 8:26), **
Word of Wisdom and Knowledge, (1 Cor 12:8), **
Spirit of faith, healing and miracles, (1 Cor 12:9), **
Spirit of prophecy, discernment, tongues and interpretation, (1 Cor 12:10), **
Spirit of love, peace and joy, (Gal 5:22), **
Spirit of patience, endurance, kindness and generosity, (Gal 5:22), **
Spirit of faith, mildness and chastity, (Gal 5:22), **
Spirit of modesty and continence, **
Spirit of adoption as children of God, **
Spirit of praise, worship and adoration, **
You through Whom spoke holy men and women of God, **
You Who overshadowed the Virgin Mary, **
You by Whom Mary conceived Jesus, our Savior, **
You Who reinstated us into the Kingdom of God at our Baptism, **
You Who give us ministry gifts at our Confirmation, **
You Who empower at in the other Sacraments, **
You by Whom we are reborn, ** (sanctified or made holy)
You Who dwell in us as in a Temple, **
You Who govern and animate Your Church, **
You Who are the Heart of God’s holy Church, **
You Who fill the whole world, **
That You will renew the human family, *** we beseech You hear us.
That You may shed Your Light upon us, ***
That You may pour Your Love into our hearts, ***
That You may inspire us to love ourselves and others, ***
That You may teach us to ask for the graces we need each day, ***
That You may enlighten us with your heavenly wisdom or (inspirations), ***
That You may guide us in the way of holiness, ***
That You may make us obedient to Your commands, ***
That You may teach us how to pray, ***
That You may always pray with and for us, (Rm 8:26) ***
That You may inspire us with horror for sin, ***
That You may direct us in the practice of virtue, ***
That You may make us persevere in a Holy life, ***
That You may make us faithful to our vocation, ***
That You may grant us good bishops, priests, deacons and religious, ***
That You may make us good men and women of God, ***
That You may give us good Christian parents and families, ***
That You may grant Your Church Spiritual Renewal, ***
That You may continue to protect, guide and console our Holy Father, ***
Lamb of God, You take away our sins, (3 x’s)
— Spare us, O Lord.
— Graciously hear us, O Lord.
— Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Holy Spirit, hear us. — Holy Spirit, Graciously hear us.
Lord, have mercy. — Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Create a clean heart in us, O Lord.
— Renew a right spirit in us, O Lord.

Let us pray: Merciful Father, grant that Your Divine Spirit may cleanse, inflame and enlighten our minds and hearts. Enable us thereby to be fruitful in good works for the glory of Your Majesty and for the spiritual and material well-being of Your people Redeemed by the Blood of Your Beloved Son. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit of Love. Amen.


On my knees I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.


O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.