Day Five

Fifth Day

In the year 1264, at the age of 59, Blessed John was elected Master General of the Dominican Order, the fifth successor of St. Dominic himself. He did not believe himself worthy of the great trust. He wrote to his brethren: “My fears at my inability should be yours as well, wherefore I beg you to give me the help of your prayers so that divine mercy may supply that which I lack in my own strength.” As Master General, he combatted the growing spirit of competition between the nations, so as to establish a truly catholic spirit within the spreading Order. He provided a uniform way of celebrating the sacred liturgy for the entire Order, thus ensuring the dignity and beauty of divine worship, and he counseled his priests and brothers constantly to be men of prayer and penance.

Let us pray:

Heavenly Father, Your divine Son commands us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His holiness”. Make us truly men and women of prayer, frequenting the sacraments, loving God and our neighbor, and conforming ourselves to Christ, our savior. Through the intercession of Blessed John, grant that we may always give to You the first priority in our lives, and love You with our whole heart, our whole mind, our whole strength. We ask this in the most Holy Name of Jesus, your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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LITANY


Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Jesus, hear us.

Jesus, 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 Ghost, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, son of the living God, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, splendor of the Father, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, brightness of eternal light, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, King of glory, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, sun of justice, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, amiable, Have mercy on us.

Jesus Admirable, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, mighty God, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, Father of the world to come, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, Angel of the great counsel, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, most powerful, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, most patient, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, most obedient, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, love of chastity, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, lover of us, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, God of peace, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, author of life, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, example of virtues, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, zealous lover of souls, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, our God, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, our refuge, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, father of the poor, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, treasure of the faithful, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, good shepherd, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, true light, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, eternal wisdom, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, infinite goodness, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, our way and our life, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, joy of Angels, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, king of Patriarchs, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, master of Apostles, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, teacher of Evangelists, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, strength of Martyrs, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, light of Confessors, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, purity of Virgins, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, crown of All Saints, Have mercy on us.

Be merciful unto us, Spare us, O Jesus.

Be merciful unto us, Hear us, of Jesus.

From all evil, Jesus, deliver us.

From all sin, Jesus, deliver us.

From Thy wrath, Jesus, deliver us.

From the snares of the devil, Jesus, deliver us.

From the spirit of fornication, Jesus, deliver us.

From everlasting death, Jesus, deliver us.

From the neglect of Thy inspirations, Jesus, deliver us.

Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thy Nativity, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thine infancy, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thy most divine life, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thy labors, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thine Agony and Passion, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thy Cross and dereliction, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thy sufferings, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thy death and burial, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thy Resurrection, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thine Ascension, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thine institution of holy Eucharist, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thy joys, Jesus, deliver us.

Through Thy glory, Jesus, deliver us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, Jesus, spare us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, Jesus, graciously hear us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, Jesus have mercy on us.

Jesus, hear us.

Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let Us Pray

O LORD JESUS CHRIST, who hast said, Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you, mercifully attend to our supplication, and grant us, we pray, the gift of Thy divine love, that we may ever love Thee, with our whole heart, and never desist from Thy praise. Give us, O Lord, a perpetual fear as well as love of Thy Holy Name, for Thou never ceasest to govern those whom Thou foundest upon the solidity of Thy love. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.


God our Father, You raised Blessed John of Vercelli to leadership in Your church and made him an apostle of the Holy Name of Jesus, Your divine Son. We ask of you, through the intercession of Blessed John, a renewal of devotion to Your son among ourselves and our fellow men. May all men come to know, to love and to reverence the most Holy Name of Jesus — “So that at Jesus’ name every knee must bend in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God the Father: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD” (Phil.P:lO-ll)