Litany of the Infant Jesus

The Litany of 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,
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.

  

Infant, very God,
Have mercy on us.

 Infant, Son of the Living God,
 etc.
Infant, Son of the Virgin Mary,

Infant, begotten before the morning star,

Infant, Word made flesh,

Infant, Wisdom of Thy Father,

Infant, Purity of Thy mother,

Infant, only Son of Thy Father,

Infant, First-Born of Thy mother,

Infant, Image of Thy Father,

Infant, Creator of Thy mother,

Infant, Splendor of Thy Father,

Infant, Honor of Thy mother,

Infant, equal to Thy Father,

Infant, subject to Thy mother,

Infant, Joy of Thy Father,

Infant, Riches of Thy mother,

Infant, Gift of Thy Father,

Infant, Offering of Thy mother,

Infant, precious fruit of a Virgin,

Infant, Creator of man,

Infant, Power of God,

Infant, Power of God,

Infant, our God,

Infant, our Brother,

Infant, perfect Man from Thy conception,

Infant, ancient in wisdom from Thy childhood,

Infant, Father of ages,

Infant, of days,

Infant, giving life, and nourished at the breast,

Infant, Eternal Word, and making Thyself 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 Thy 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,

Spare us, O Infant Jesus,

Be merciful.



From the bondage of the children of Adam,
Graciously hear us, O Infant Jesus.

Response: Infant Jesus, deliver us.
 etc.
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 Thy most pure conception,

Through Thy most humble birth,

Through Thy tears,

Through Thy most painful circumcision,

Through Thy most glorious epiphany,

Through Thy most devout presentation,

Through Thy most innocent conversation in the world,

Through Thy most holy life,

Through Thy poverty,

Through Thy sorrows,

Through Thy labors and travails.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Spare us, O Infant Jesus.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Graciously hear us, O Infant Jesus.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Have mercy on us, O Infant Jesus.

Infant Jesus, hear us,

Infant Jesus, graciously hear us.

 
Let Us Pray.

O Lord Jesus, Who didst allow the greatness of Thine 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 Thy humility and littleness on earth we may contemplate Thy glories in Heaven. We ask this of Thee, Who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns God, forever and ever. Amen.


http://www.catholictradition.org/Litanies/litany20b.htm
My nativity scene takes center stage on my family room coffee table. This glass terrarium makes a perfect manger for it. I used the terrarium in my “Manger in a Terrarium” post a few years back seen here. You will notice a change in my family room since then. I’ve taken down the wallpaper and painted a soft color on the walls to brighten the room.
Decorating with a Nativity scene for Christmas is what the holiday (holy-day) is all about. It’s nice to remind everyone this by putting up a manger. I like to keep my manger and other Christmas decor up until The Solemnity of the Epiphany of our Lord (Three Kings Day) which is on January 6th.
I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this joyful time of Christmastide!

4 thoughts on “Litany of the Infant Jesus

  1. LuAnn
    Thank you for reminding me of this beautiful litany prayer,
    I love your terrarium with the manger placed within it.
    We can easily get away from the true reason for Christmas.
    Yours is a beautiful reminder to keep Jesus front and center.
    Merry Christmas LuAnn!

    • Thanks Susan for your lovely reply! We can so easily forget the reason for the season with all the activities we do during this time of the year. I thought a little reminder, especially the Litany would help. Many Catholics probably don’t know of this Litany and I wanted to share this with them and non Catholics too.
      Happy Christmastide and New Year!
      LuAnn

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