RDCA II, 57-60: Invitation, Litany of the Saints

After the homily and Creed, the bishop introduces the Litany of Saints (II, 57). II, 58 instructs that on Sundays or during the Easter season the people remain standing. Otherwise, all kneel. That distinction doesn’t seem relevant for a faith community’s once-in-a-lifetime celebration here. The following instruction in II, 59 illustrates that the Litany itself is adaptable and can’t just be taken off the Missal page:

59. The cantors begin the litany; they add, at the proper place, names of other saints (the titular of the church, the patron saint of the place, and the saints whose relics are to be deposited, if this is to take place) and petitions suitable to the occasion.

To those saints’ names suggested, others might include the mother parish, other parishes of the region, the titular saint of the cathedral. My parish’s student center has rooms named for important saints. we routinely include these patrons in the Easter Vigil Litany of Saints.

The 2003 ICEL draft gives what the 1977/78 edition does not, a list of those petitions:

Lord, be merciful 
R. Lord, deliver us, we pray
From all evil
R. Lord, deliver us, we pray
From every sin
R. Lord, deliver us, we pray
From everlasting death
R. Lord, deliver us, we pray
By your incarnation
R. Lord, deliver us, we pray
By your death and resurrection
R. Lord, deliver us, we pray
By the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
R. Lord, deliver us, we pray

Be merciful to us sinners
R. Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer
Govern and protect your holy Church
R. Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer
Keep the pope and all the ordainedin faithful service to your Church
R. Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer
Bring all peoples together in peace and true harmony
R. Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer
Strengthen all of us and keep usin your holy service
R. Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer
Consecrate this church to your worship
R. Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer
Jesus, Son of the living God
R. Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer

Christ, hear us
R. Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us
R. Christ, graciously hear us

What other petitions might be added? Qualities of the titular patron.

The bishop concludes these with a prayer. If the people have been kneeling, they stand for the deposition of the relics, which we will look at in detail tomorrow.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to RDCA II, 57-60: Invitation, Litany of the Saints

  1. Notice in the petition the use of the word “consecrate.” It is one of the few remaining instances of the use of the word in the rite which has usually replaced the word with “dedicate”.

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