Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
I, John, saw another angel come up from the East,
holding the seal of the living God.
He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels
who were given power to damage the land and the sea,
“Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees
until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”
I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal,
one hundred and forty-four thousand marked
from every tribe of the children of Israel.
After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne,
and from the Lamb.”
All the angels stood around the throne
and around the elders and the four living creatures.
They prostrated themselves before the throne,
worshiped God, and exclaimed:
“Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
honor, power, and might
be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me,
“Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”
I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.”
He said to me,
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”
Today (Nov. 1) is All Saints’ Day, a solemn holy day the Catholic Church celebrates in honor of all the souls who have attained heaven, including Saints recognized by the Church. A Holy Day of Obligation, all Catholics are required to attend Mass today, unless seriously ill.
Just think of the millions, even billions, of souls in heaven who are already Saints, in addition to known ones, who are interceding for us right now! We, the Church Militant, need their help in our struggles here on earth. Our world is in much need of mercy, healing, conversion and graces.
October 25, 2017 – “Dear children! I am calling you to be prayer in this time of grace. You all have problems, afflictions, sufferings and lack of peace. May saints be models to you and an encouragement for holiness; God will be near you and you will be renewed in seeking through your personal conversion. Faith will be hope to you and joy will begin to reign in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Invoking the help of the Saints by praying the Litany of the Saints is a great way to do just that. Let’s pray this litany today, asking our brothers and sisters in Heaven, to intercede for us, our families and our countries in need. May the Saints help us to pray and persevere, and may we respond with love and strength to their inspirations.
Litany of the Saints
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,
God the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, one God… have mercy on us.
Holy Mary… pray for us.
Holy Mother of God… pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins,
All ye holy angels and archangels,
All ye holy orders of blessed spirits,
Saint John the Baptist,
All ye holy patriarchs and prophets,
All ye holy apostles and evangelists,
All ye holy disciples of the Lord,
All ye holy innocents,
Saints Fabian and Sebastian,
Saints John and Paul,
Saints Cosmos and Damian,
Saints Gervase and Protase,
All ye holy martyrs,
All ye holy bishops and confessors,
All ye holy doctors,
All ye holy priests and levites,
All ye holy monks and hermits,
Saint Mary Magdalene,
All ye holy virgins and widows… pray for us.
All ye holy men and women, saints of God… intercede for us.
Be merciful… spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful… graciously hear us, O Lord.
From all evil… O Lord deliver us.
From all sin,
From Thy wrath,
From sudden and unprovided death,
From the snares of the devil,
From anger, and hatred, and all ill-will,
From the spirit of fornication,
From the scourge of earthquake,
From plague, famine, and war,
From lightning and tempest,
From everlasting death,
Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation,
Through Thy coming,
Through Thy birth,
Through Thy baptism and holy fasting,
Through the Institution of the Most Blessed Sacrament,
Through Thy cross and passion,
Through Thy death and burial,
Through Thy holy resurrection,
Through Thine admirable Ascension,
Through the coming of the Holy Ghost the Paraclete,
In the day of judgment… O Lord deliver us.
We sinners… we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst spare us,
That Thou wouldst pardon us,
That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to govern and preserve Thy holy Church,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to preserve our Apostolic Prelate and all orders of the Church in holy religion,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to humble the enemies of holy Church,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring back to the unity of the Church all those who have strayed away, and lead to the light of the Gospel all unbelievers,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service,
That Thou wouldst lift up our minds to heavenly desires,
That Thou wouldst render eternal blessings to all our benefactors,
That Thou wouldst deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, relatives, and benefactors from eternal damnation,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe graciously to hear our prayer,
Son of God… we beseech Thee, hear us.
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.
Let us pray.
Almighty, everlasting God, who hast dominion over both the living and the dead and art merciful to all who, as Thou foreknowest, will be Thine by faith and works; we humbly beseech Thee that they for whom we intend to pour forth our prayers, whether this present world still doth detain them in the flesh or the world to come hath already received them stripped of their mortal bodies, may, by the grace of Thy fatherly love and through the intercession of all the saints, obtain the remission of all their sins. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen.