This litany of belief is a prayer based upon the prayer of the father of the boy possessed by a demon (Mark 9:24) and the profession of faith of St. Thomas the Apostle (John 20:28). The responses are “I do believe, help my unbelief” and “My Lord and my God”.

This prayer would be appropriate to use with a lesson on belief or for a youth ministry about doubt. It is also especially appropriate for Divine Mercy Sunday, when we remember the mercy of our Lord and recount the story of “Doubting Thomas”.

A litany is a prayer which asks for a petition and includes repetition. Each line is a request or statement 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 first part and for everyone to say the response together.

Litany of Belief

Lord have mercy … Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy … Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy … Lord have mercy.

When I am overcome with doubt … I do believe, help my unbelief.
When I don’t think you are near … I do believe, help my unbelief.
When I want to trust but can’t … I do believe, help my unbelief.
When I feel too sinful for your mercy … I do believe, help my unbelief.
When the road is too dark … I do believe, help my unbelief.
When I fear where you are leading me … I do believe, help my unbelief.
When my faith falters … I do believe, help my unbelief.

You are my hope … My Lord and my God.
You hold me close … My Lord and my God.
You take my hand … My Lord and my God.
You heal my wounds … My Lord and my God.
You are my light … My Lord and my God.
You are my courage … My Lord and my God.
You are my salvation … My Lord and my God.

Hear this prayer of my heart O Lord. Amen.

More Resources

All Things Visible and Invisible – A Lesson Plan on Believing

This reflection will help youth think about what it means to believe in something which can’t be seen. How do we know it is real?

Litany of Humility

This litany also fits in with St. John the Baptist, who showed incredible humility.

Litany of the Beatitudes

It also asks for our Lord’s grace so we can live these values in our daily lives.

Litany to the Blessed Host

St. Faustina suffered greatly in this life, both physically and spiritually. She found consolation in offering her suffering for the souls of all of those suffer, and especially for those sinners who needed God’s mercy. Her devotion to the Blessed Sacrament helped her endure much pain. This is a litany she wrote to pray while in the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

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

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