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Novena & Litany


O Glorious St. Charles! the father of the clergy, and the perfect model of holy prelates! thou art that good pastor, who, like thy divine Master, didst give up thy life for thy flock, if not by death, at least by the numerous sacrifices of thy painful mission. Thy sanctified life on earth was a spur to the most fervent, thy exemplary penance was a reproach to the slothful, and thy indefatigable zeal was the support of the Church. O great Prelate! since the glory of God and the salvation of souls are the only objects of solicitude to the blessed in heaven, vouchsafe to intercede for me now, and to offer up for the intention of this Novena, those fervent prayers which were so successful while thou wrert on earth. {Specify intention.}

Thou art, O great St. Charles! among all the Saints of God, one in whose intercession I should most confide, because thou were chosen by God to promote the interests of religion, by promoting the Christian education of youth. Thou were, like Jesus Christ Himself, always accessible to little ones; for whom thou didst thyself break the bread of the word of God, and procure for them also the blessings of a Christian Education. To thee, then, I have recourse with confidence, beseeching thee to obtain for me the grace to profit of the advantages I enjoy, and for which I am so considerably indebted to thy zeal. Preserve me by thy prayers from the dangers of tne World; obtain that my heart may be impressed with a lively horror of sin; a deep sense of my duty as a Christian; a sincere contempt for the opinion and false maxims of the world; an ardent love for God, and that holy fear which is the beginning of wisdom.

Litany of St. Charles Borromeo

(The Litany May be prayed as part of the Novena or separately, and is intended for devotional use only.) 

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ 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.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, *pray for us.
Queen of Apostles… *

St. Charles… *
St. Charles, imitator of Christ… *
St. Charles, faithful follower of Christ crucified… *
St. Charles, replenished with the spirit of the Apostles… *
St. Charles, consumed with zeal for the glory of God… *
St. Charles, Father and Guide of the Clergy… *
St. Charles, the light and support of the Church… *
St. Charles, a model of humility and penance… *
St. Charles, most desirous of the salvation of souls… *
St. Charles, most zealous, for the instruction of youth… *
St. Charles, Patron of the Ursuline Schools… *

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.

V. Pray for us, O glorious St. Charles.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

Preserve Thy Church, O Lord, under the continual protection of Thy glorious Confessor and Bishop, St. Charles, that as he was eminent for the discharge of his pastoral duties, so his prayers may make us zealous in the love of Thy holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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