The Litany of Humility PDF

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What is the Litany of Humility?

The Litany of Humility is a wonderful, challenging prayer. The authorship of the Litany of Humility is often credited to Cardinal Merry del Val, who was the Secretary of State for Pope Pius X in the early 19th century. The Cardinal was known to pray the Litany of Humility every day after Mass. Christians have used litanies (which just series of 'asks') for the life of the Church. The Litany of Humility has only grown in popularity and renown in the recent years.

The prayer is not complicated or confusing to recite, but this is no easy endeavor. In it's simplest form the Litany of Humility is an ask to God, "Lord please make me humble." The Litany of Humility brings you face to face with the worldly, comfortable, sources of our pride. “That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.” This is just one of the striking, vivid petitions to God, asking him to take away the fuel to our pride. It's a tough statement to read, let alone pray.


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 go 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 may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.



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New to praying the Litany? 

A great way to start is to pray along to a video. Pray along with a video of the Litany of Humility. 
 


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