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Litany of St. Thomas More: Patron Saint of Politicians.

Litany of Saint Thomas Moore
Patron Saint of Politicians

 Lord, have mercy. Christ. have mercy.
 Lord, have mercy. 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, Queen of Martyrs, Pray for Us!
 St. Thomas More, ...
 St. Thomas, adorer of Christ's Passion,
 St. Thomas, who put prayer before all else,
 St. Thomas, devoted husband and father,
 St. Thomas, defender of the Church,
 St. Thomas, perfect model of friendship,
 St. Thomas, impervious to all bribery,
 St. Thomas, committed to the common good,
 St. Thomas, who reverenced civil and Divine law,
 St. Thomas, who always had death before thine eyes,
 St. Thomas, acutely aware of the brevity of life,
 St. Thomas, always wary of prosperity and presumption,
 St. Thomas, stranger to haughtiness,
 St. Thomas, ardent devotee of the Fathers of the Church,
 St. Thomas, who loathed idleness,
 Joyful and full of humour,
 Generous to all,
 Friend of the mentally handicapped,
 Lover of animals,
 Renowned peacemaker,
 Stranger to greed,
 Civil judge of unimpeachable integrity,
 Universal patron of the poor,
 Liberator of the downtrodden,
 Courageous Martyr who gave up all in fidelity
 to Christ and His Church,
 The king's good servant, but God's first,

 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.

 Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
 V. Pray for us, St. Thomas More,
 R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. O Lord, Thou didst give Thy servant St. Thomas More the courage to remain faithful to his conscience, formed by the teachings of Thy Holy Catholic Church; we ask Thee to give us the courage to follow in his footsteps, by placing prayer before all things, and by courageously remaining faithful to Christ and His Church to the very end. so that we may attain our eternal reward. Amen.

Written by Douglas P. McManaman. Published with his kind permission.
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Author:McManaman, Douglas P.
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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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