A CUSA Litany

In 1999, when I was serving as editor of our magazine, I penned a column entitled From Friar Lawrence’s Spiritual Apothecary.  The topic of the column focused on the prayer life of CUSA.  At that time, there were many more group letters, many more members to CUSA.  Using the various patrons, mottos, and intentions of the groups, I composed a “CUSA Litany.”  Many of the groups have since disappeared and new groups have chosen new patrons.  The CUSA litany that you will find below is a merger or the old and the new.  It still makes a marvelous prayer for all CUSANS.

A CUSA Litany

Lord, have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us, Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, 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. (After each invocation)
Gracious God,
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Christ crucified,
Christ, our King,
Eternal High Priest,
Infant Jesus of Prague,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Blessed Trinity, One God,

Holy Mary, Pray for us.  (After each invocation)
Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Queen of the Missions,
Queen of All Hearts,
Mother of God,
Mother of Jesus and Our Mother,
Mother of Sorrows,
Mother, My Confidence,
Our Lady of Divine Grace,
Our Lady of the Visitation,
Our Lady of the Cenacle,
Our Lady of Sion,
Our Lady of Fatima,
Our Lady of Perpetual Help,
Our Lady of Lourdes,
Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom,
Our Lady of the Snows,

Angel Gabriel,
All you holy angels and archangels,

St. Anne,
St. Joseph,
All you ancestors of Jesus,

St. Peter,
St. John,
St. Paul,
St. Mary Magdalene,
St. Veronica,
You Twelve Apostles,
All you disciples of the Lord,

St. Maria Goretti,
St. Peter Chanel,
St. Thomas More,
St. Joan of Arc,
St. Maximilian Kolbe,
All you holy martyrs,

St. Catherine of Siena,
St. Thomas Aquinas,
All you doctors of the Church,

St. Francis of Assisi,
St. Pius X,
St. Therese, Little Flower,
St. Therese of Jesus,
St. Francis de Sales,
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton,
St. Martin de Porres,
St. Dymphna,
St. Francis Xavier,
St. Teresa Benedicta,
St. John XXIII,
St. John Paul II,
St. Louis of Casoria,
St. Maria Guerin,
Blessed Claude de la Colombiere,
Blessed Theresa of Calcutta,
All you holy men and women,

That all might come to know and believe in You, Lord, hear your people (after each invocation)
That all might conform themselves to God's will,
That all Christians be united in faith,
That all nations, will be united under the Kingship of Christ,
That Christ may reign through his Vicar, the Holy Father,
That love for our Triune God spead to all,
That our lives might foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life,
That all might see Christ in us,
That all might accept Christ's Beatitudes,
That all sinners would turn to Your mercy,
That all might come to love Your Sacred Heart and the Heart of Your Mother,
That the Sacred Heart may be known and imitated,
That we might carry our cross courageously,
That the sick come to understand the value of the Cross,
That all priests may grow in holiness,
That all might be modest in dress and behavior,
That our youth may persevere in chastity and purity,
That God may be glorified in our suffering,
That we may grow and help others to grow in holiness,
That our military personnel may resist temptation,
That we may lovingly participate in the Eucharist,
That love may increase throughout the world,
That we may find the light,
That our doctors and medical personnel protect human life,
That the internet be a means of promoting the Word of God,

For our salvation and that of the world, Lord, we ask you hear our prayer (after each invocation)
For the Church,
For a second springtime in the Church at the dawn of the third millennium,
For our missionaries,
For peace in our world,
For those who work for the welfare of nations,
For the hungers of all humankind,
For the conversion of our Jewish brothers and sisters,
For the safety of the Holy Father and the Church,
For the restoration of spiritual values in our world,
For the forgiveness of sins of speech,
For the Church in China,
For our parochial schools,
For the spread of Christian education,
For the safety of all who are preyed upon through the Internet, especially children,
For the physical and moral safety of our young people,
For all missionaries, especially those of Maryknoll,
For the apostolate of the press,
For alcoholics and those addicted to chemical substances,
For cancer victims,
For the sanctification of CUSA,
For the dying,

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, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Make our heart like unto yours.

Let us pray. . . 

Almighty, everlasting God, through His patient sufferings and His redemptive death, Your Son saved us from our sins.  May we learn to unite our sufferings with His so that we may be found conformable to Your will and continue to bring all men and women to the throne of Your mercy.  We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives with You and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.   Amen.

The Immaculate Conception, on whose feast
CUSA was founded.