The Litany of Humility – Pray Daily to Cultivate Humility

The Litany of Humility prayer is a wonderful prayer that you can pray if you truly desire humility.

You must truly desire it because it is not an easy prayer to pray.

In fact, it is quite jarring, because most of us struggle with pride.

Who Composed the Litany of Humility Prayer?

The Litany of Humility is attributed to Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), who was Cardinal Secretary of State of the Holy See, under the reign of Pope Pius X.

For those who truly desire humility, pray the litany of humility daily. It will be hard at first, but persevere and watch yourself grow in virtue.

How to Pray the Litany of Humility

As stated above, the litany of humility is very difficult to pray. You have to basically crucify your ego.

Console yourself with fact that “God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” Douay Rheims Bible.

Also, if you’re seeking virtue, humility is key.

“Humility and charity are the main supports of the whole vast building and all the other virtues depend on them. One makes up the foundation; the other, the roof of the building, the sturdiness of which depends on both. If the heart constantly dedicates itself to the practice of these two virtues, it will have no difficulty with all the others.”

~Padre Pio

So now, if you’re ready to pray the litany of humility, let’s go!

May it be a blessing to you.


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THE LITANY OF HUMILITY

O Jesus meek and humble of heart, Hear me.  

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver, me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me Jesus.

From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver, me, Jesus.

From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.

That in the opinion of the world, others may increase, and I may decrease,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

Amen

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This post was created in 2018 and updated in 2020.