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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Litany of Saint John the Apostle

Today I got a copy of the litany used at the library dedication. It was composed for the occasion, but I don't know who wrote it. It's pretty cool, anyway - I especially like "Exile of Patmos," "Angel of Ephesus," and "Seer of the heavenly Jerusalem."

V. Lord have mercy on us.
R. Christ have mercy on us.
V. Lord have mercy on us,
Christ hear us.
R. Christ graciously hear us.

V. God, the Father of Heaven, R. Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,

V. Beloved Disciple of the Lord, R. Pray for us.
Apostle of Christ,
Evangelist who bore witness to the Word of God,
Evangelist who bore witness to the testimony of Jesus,
Evangelist of the Word made Flesh,
Beloved Disciple who reclined on the Heart of the Lord,
Defender of Virgins,
Defender of chastity,
Teacher of charity,
Disciple who saw,
Disciple who heard,
Disciple who touched the Word of Life,
Evangelist of the Heart of Christ,
Son of Zebedee,
Brother of James,
Son of Thunder,
Follower of the Baptist,
Disciple who bore witness,
Disciple who drank of the heavenly streams,
Disciple at the foot of the Cross,
Beloved to whom was entrusted the Virgin Mother,
Entrusted son of Mary,
Disciple who ran to the tomb,
Herald of the Resurrection,
Disciple who cried out "It is the Lord!"
Destroyer of Heresy,
Defender of the Lord's Divinity,
Defender of the Holy Eucharist,
Companion of Peter,
Pillar of the Church,
Witness cast into a cauldron of boiling oil,
Exile of Patmos,
Prophet of the New Creation,
Bishop and herald at Knock,
Our Brother in Christ,
Partner in tribulation,
Partner in the Kingdom,
Partner in patience,
Lover of Sunday,
Presbyter to the elect,
Prophet to the seven churches,
Angel of the Apocalypse,
Angel of Ephesus,
Father to Timothy,
Defender of the aged,
Mirror of chastity,
Teacher of heavenly charity,
Mystical visionary,
Seer of the heavenly Jerusalem,

V. Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world,
R. Spare us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world,
R. Graciously hear us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world,
R. Have mercy on us.

V. LET US PRAY - Lord, in Your goodness enlighten Your Church in the light of the teaching of St. John the Evangelist, Your Apostle, so that She may come into possession of the everlasting treasures. This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever.
R. Amen.

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