About the Litany of Humility

This prayer asks Jesus to lead us down the path of humility, wanting to be less than all others around us, so that He might be glorified instead of us.

This prayer is often attributed to Cardinal Merry del Val, who was the Secretary of State for St. Pius X.

A litany is a prayer which asks for a petition and includes repetition. Each line is a request and is followed by a response which is repeated line after line. When praying a litany in a group, it is usual for one person to read the petition and for everyone to say the response together.

Litany of Humility

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, … deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled,deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, … deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, … deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, … deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, … deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, … deliver me, O Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated, … deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, … deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, … deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, … deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, … deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, … deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, … deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, … deliver me, O 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.

Resources

More Litanies

See more litanies for various needs:

  • Litany for Liberty
  • Litany for Life
  • Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus
  • Litany of the Most Precious Blood
  • Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Litany of St. Joseph

What does calumniated mean?

This term was much more common a century ago. To be calumniated is to have someone maliciously make false statements about you.


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