A Night Litany

Virgin of Carmel Saving Souls in Purgatory - Circle of Diego Quispe Tito, Brooklyn Museum

On last week’s radio show we mentioned a night litany, which many of the sisters pray, especially during their night-time adoration hours.  Many sins  are committed under cover of darkness, and most people die at night, many of them unprepared.  Praying this litany is a beautiful way to intercede for those who toil, those who are tempted, and those who are in danger of losing God forever.

Put your insomnia to good use! If you have trouble sleeping, or if you wake up often in the middle of the night, keep a copy of this litany by your nightstand and pray it when you can’t sleep.

( + ) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
O God, our Father, graciously hear us.
We plead before Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for all tonight who stand in most need of Thy merciful love and protection.
On souls beset by temptation,
Have mercy. On those who are in deadly sin,
Have mercy.
On those who are given up to worldliness, and forgetful of Thee,
Have mercy.
On those who at this moment are in danger of losing Thee forever,
Have mercy.
V. By Thine agony,
R. Save them, Jesus.
V. Those who are tempting others,
R. Convert to Thy love.
On those carrying on wicked trades, and profiting by sin,
Have mercy.
On those indulging in sinful amusements,
Have mercy.
On all frequenting haunts of sin,
Have mercy.
On all who are imperiling their souls by luxury and self-indulgence,
Have mercy.
V. By Thy scourging,
R. Save them, Jesus.
On all who are out tonight; the homeless, the weary, the starving, the suicide, the intemperate,
Have mercy.
On those who are out for sin,
Have mercy.

V. To those who are out to rescue others,
R. Grant help and protection.
V. For those who work at night; the police, railwaymen, firemen; those employed in hazardous occupations; those engaged on the stage; soldiers, sailors, chauffeurs, aviators; watchmen on duty; editors and journalists,
R. Let Thy Presence be with them; by Thy night watching, save them, Jesus.
V. For the sick and suffering, and all who are enduring any agony of body or mind,
R. Grant them comfort, peace, and consolation.
V. For all undergoing medical operations,
R. Strengthen them, Jesus, and help them in body and soul.
V. For the sleepless and the lonely,
R. Be near them.
V. For those in anxiety, nervous or mental distress,
R. Calm them.
V. For the insane,
R. Keep them in Thy power.
V. For night nurses,
R. Give faithfulness and sympathy.
V. For priests and doctors called out this night,
R. Encourage and reward them.
V. By Thy crown of thorns,
R. Deliver them, Jesus.
V. For those who this night must suffer bereavement,
R. Visit and sustain them.
V. For those for whom this will be their last night on earth,
R. Deepen their contrition and receive their souls.
On those dying alone without priest or sacrament,
Have mercy.
On those dying rejecting the ministry of Thy Holy Church,
Have mercy.
On those dying unconscious,
Have mercy.
On those dying blind to their sin,
Have mercy.
On those who are afraid to die,
Have mercy.

V. For dying priests, religious, and all communicants,
R. Have mercy upon them and receive them to Thyself, Jesus.
V. For all the faithful departed,
R. Grant them light and peace.
V. For ourselves in our last hour,
R. Grant the pardon of our sins, negligences, and ignorances.
V. By Thy holy death,
R. Deliver us, Jesus.
On behalf of those who have said no prayers today, let us say:
On behalf of those who blaspheme and neglect the Blessed Sacrament, let us say:
Blessed ( + ), praised, worshipped and adored be Jesus Christ on His throne of glory in heaven, and in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar!
( + ) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

4 thoughts on “A Night Litany

  1. Hello, It is included in the new Queen of Apostles prayer book published by the Daughters of St. Paul based on a version prayed by the Carmelite Sisters of Philadelphia, but very similar to the version shown here.

  2. Dear Sisters, I think this is one of the most beautiful prayers ever…it really helps to put a “face” on all those we’re praying for. Instead of turning on a T.V. and risking being insulted or frightened by the programming, we can do something positive for our brothers and sisters in need! Many thanks, Doreen

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