All Saints Day Prayers
What is All Saints Day?
All Saints Day is a major Catholic holiday celebrating every saint, known to us, and the unknown ones who served God without human recognition. The eve of this festival is Halloween, also known as "All Hallows Eve." All Saints Day is celebrated November 1. These All Saints Day Prayers are related to this theme. More Info: All Saints Day
A Catholic Prayer in Praise of the Saints
How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord which you give us for our eternal well-being Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God In the honour and noble victory of the martyrs. The white-robed company follow you, bright with their abundant faith; They scorned the wicked words of those with this world's power. For you they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments, they were drained by cruel punishments. They bore their holy witness to you who were grounded deep within their hearts; they were sustained by patience and constancy. Endowed with your everlasting grace, may we rejoice forever with the martyrs in our bright fatherland. O Christ, in your goodness, grant to us the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life. Unknown author, 10th century
Prayer to the Saints and Angels Before Mass
Angels, Archangels, Thrones, Dominions, Principalities, Powers, heavenly Virtues, Cherubim and Seraphim; all Saints of God, holy men and women, and especially my patrons: intercede for me that I may be worthy to offer this Sacrifice to almighty God, to the praise and glory of His name, for my own welfare and also that of all His holy Church. Amen. From the Roman Missal
Catholic Liturgy of the Hours All-Saints Prayer
Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God, today we rejoice in the holy men and women of every time and place. May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Liturgy of the Hours
A Prayer for Saintly Grace
Almighty and Everlasting God, who dost enkindle the flame of Thy love in the hearts of the saints, grant unto us the same faith and power of love; that, as we rejoice in their triumphs we may profit by their examples, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Gothic Missal
Litany of the Saints
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 Spirit, (have mercy on us.) Holy Trinity, one God, (have mercy on us) Holy Mary, Holy Mother of God, (pray for us*) Holy Virgin of virgins, St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, All you holy Angels and Archangels, All you holy orders of blessed Spirits, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph, All you holy Patriarchs and Prophets, St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Andrew, St. James, St. John, St. Thomas, St. James, St. Philip, St. Bartholomew, St. Matthew, St. Simon, St. Thaddeus, St. Matthias, St. Barnabas, St. Luke, St. Mark, All you holy Apostles and Evangelists, All you holy Disciples of the Lord, All you holy Innocents, St. Stephen, St. Lawrence, St. Vincent, SS. Fabian and Sebastian, SS. John and Paul, SS. Cosmas and Damian, SS. Gervase and Protase, All you holy Martyrs, St. Sylvester, St. Gregory, St. Ambrose, St. Augustine, St. Jerome, St. Martin, St. Nicholas, All you holy Bishops and Confessors, All you holy Doctors, St. Anthony, St. Benedict, St. Bernard, St. Dominic, St. Francis, All you holy Priests and Levites, All you holy Monks and Hermits, St. Mary Magdalen, St. Agatha, St. Lucy, St. Agnes, St. Cecilia, St. Catherine, St. Anastasia, All you holy Virgins and Widows,
All you holy Saints of God, (make intercession 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 Your wrath, From sudden and unlooked for death, From the snares of the devil, From anger, and hatred, and every evil will, From the spirit of fornication, From lightning and tempest, From the scourge of earthquakes, From plague, famine and war, From everlasting death, Through the mystery of Your holy Incarnation, Through Your Coming, Through Your Birth, Through Your Baptism and holy Fasting, Through Your Cross and Passion, Through Your Death and Burial, Through Your holy Resurrection, Through Your admirable Ascension, Through the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. In the day of judgment.
We sinners, (We implore you to hear us*) That You would spare us, That You would pardon us, That You would bring us to true penance, That You would vouchsafe to govern and preserve Your holy Church, That You would vouchsafe to preserve our Apostolic Prelate, and all orders of the Church in holy religion, That You would vouchsafe to humble the enemies of holy Church, That You would vouchsafe to give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes, That You would vouchsafe to grant peace and unity to the whole Christian world, That You would call back to the unity of the Church all who have strayed from her fold, and to guide all unbelievers into the light of the Gospel, That You would vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Your holy service, That You would lift up our minds to heavenly desires, That You would render eternal blessings to all our benefactors, That You would deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, relations, and benefactors, from eternal damnation, That You would vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth, That You would vouchsafe to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed, That You would vouchsafe graciously to hear us, Son of God,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.) Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us, O Lord.) Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)
Christ, (hear us) Christ, (graciously hear us) Lord, have mercy, (Lord, have mercy) Christ, have mercy, (Christ, have mercy) Lord, have mercy, (Lord, have mercy) Finally say the Our Father inaudibly.
NB: *- say this response until a new one appears in parenthesis.
Anglican Collect for All Saints
Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of Your Son, Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen Book of Common Prayer, 1979
A Psalm Of Saintly Virtue
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
When I declared not my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
I acknowledged my sin to thee, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my trangressions to the Lord"; then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.
Therefore let every one who is godly offer prayer to thee; at a time of distress, in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
Thou art a hiding place for me, thou preservest me from trouble; thou dost encompass me with deliverance.Psalm 37 (RSV)
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