litany of child saints

A Litany of Child Saints

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litany of child saints

Recently I came upon this Litany of Child Saints, composed by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Thomistic theologian, liturgical scholar, and choral composer.

It makes sense that there should be a litany of child Saints. It’s hard to get a handle of how many child martyrs there are unless you read the Roman Martyrology on it’s own or pray it through the Office of Prime in the Divine Office.

May this Litany of Child Saints greatly enrich your spiritual life.


A Litany of Child Saints

By Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

(for private use)

Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously 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, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
St. Celsus, martyr with thy mother and seven brothers, pray for us.
St. Neophitus, scourged, cast into flames, thrown to beasts, and slain with a sword, pray for us.
SS. Modestus and Ammonius of Alexandria, pray for us.
Ye twins of the holy woman of Numidia, who all died for Christ, pray for us.
Martyred pupils of St. Laurence of Novara, pray for us.
Children of St. Palmatius, Consul of Rome, pray for us.
St. Pancras, beheaded under Diocletian, pray for us.
St. Venantius of Camerino, decapitated under Decius, pray for us.
Ye three children martyred with the bishop St. Valens, pray for us.
Ye children of the holy martyrs Susanna, Marciana, and Palladia, pray for us.
Son of St. Conon of Iconium, roasted on a red-hot gridiron and stretched on the rack, pray for us.
SS. Pergentius and Laurentine, brothers in miracles and punishments, pray for us.
St Aquilina, smitten with buffets and scourges and pierced with heated awls, pray for us.
St. Eutropia, who through torments attained the crown of martyrdom, pray for us.
St. Cyricus, three-year-old child of St. Julitta and fellow martyr, pray for us.
Thou little boy who encouraged SS. Mark and Mucian not to sacrifice to idols, pray for us.
Ye child readers in the Church of Carthage who suffered with thy bishop St. Eugene, pray for us.
Ye ten children of Alexandria who suffered with SS. Philip, Zeno, and Narseus, pray for us.
St. Celsus of Milan, enfeebled in prison and slain with the sword, pray for us.
St. Secunda, virgin martyr together with SS. Maxima, Donatilla, and Secunda, pray for us.
SS. Justus and Pastor, schoolchildren who strengthened each other in dying, pray for us.
St. Maximus of Carthage, nailed to wood and smitted with oars, pray for us.
St. Agapitus of Palestrina, fervent in love for Christ, pray for us.
St. Antonine of Capua, companion of Bishop St. Aristreus, pray for us.
St. Basilissa, who at nine years of age overcame great trials and converted the governor, pray for us.
Ye holy child-martyrs Rufinus, Silvanus, and Vitalicus, pray for us.
St. Crescentius of Rome, who fell smitted by the sword under Diocletian, pray for us.
St. Flocellus, torn to pieces by wild beasts, pray for us.
St Justus, beheaded in the persecution of Diocletian, pray for us.
Thou five-year-old confessor who threw thyself into the fire to join your mother, pray for us.
St. Paulillus, little brother of SS. Paschasius and Eutychian, condemned to basest servitude, pray for us.
St. Barula of Antioch, eloquent witness of the unity of God, pray for us.
St. Eulalia, virgin, racked, torn with hooks, and burned with torches, pray for us.
St. Dioscorus of Alexandria, repeatedly scourged and then released to his people, pray for us.
Ye children of St. Venustian of Spoleto, slain by the sword under Maximian, pray for 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.

V. The mercy of the Lord is from eternity and unto eternity upon them that fear Him:
R. And His justice unto children’s children, to such as keep His covenant.

Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting Father, who dost choose the weak things of the world to confound the strong, mercifully grant that we who honor the memory and invoke the intercession of these, Thy children saints, may experience their pleasing intercession with Thee, through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God for ever and ever. Amen.


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