Prayers for the Founding Day of the Congregation of the Mission

vdp-sju1The Litany of St. Vincent de Paul

Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us,
Christ, graciously hear us.

V. The just shall spring up like the lily,
R. And flourish forever before the Lord. Alleluia.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
Holy Mary, comforter of the afflicted, Pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, Pray for us.

St. Vincent, who at the tenderest age didst display a wisdom most mature, pray fro us
St. Vincent, who from thy childhood wast full of pity and compassion,
St. Vincent, who like David, from a simple shepherd becamest a ruler
and pastor of the people of God,
St. Vincent, who in thy captivity by Turkish pirates didst preserve perfect freedom,
St. Vincent the just man, who didst live by faith,
St. Vincent, always supported on the firm anchor of a Christian hope,
St. Vincent, always inflamed with the fire of perfect charity,
St. Vincent, truly simple, upright, and fearing God,
St. Vincent, true disciple of Jesus Christ, always meek and humble of heart,
St. Vincent, perfectly mortified in heart and mind,
St. Vincent, ever animated with the spirit of Our Lord,
St. Vincent, generous maintainer of the glory of God,
St. Vincent, ever inwardly burning and ever outwardly transported with zeal for souls,
St. Vincent, who in Christian poverty didst find the precious pearl
and the rich treasure of the Gospel,
St. Vincent, like to the Angels in thy purity,
St. Vincent, faithful in obedience and victorious in word and deed,
St. Vincent, who didst fly the slightest appearance of evil,
St. Vincent, who in all thine actions didst aspire to the practice of perfect virtue,
St. Vincent, who didst remain like a rock amidst the stormy sea of this world,
St. Vincent, invincible amidst the arrows of adversity,
St. Vincent, as patient in suffering as thou wast indulgent in forgiving,
St. Vincent, ever docile and obedient son of the Holy See,
St. Vincent, who hadst exceeding horror of the novel ways and subtle words of heretics,
St. Vincent, destined by a special Providence to announce the Gospel to the poor,
St. Vincent, father and model of ecclesiastics,
St. Vincent, prudent founder of the Congregation of the Mission,
St. Vincent, wise institutor of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity,
St. Vincent, tender in compassionating and prompt in relieving the necessities of the poor,
St. Vincent, equally fervent in the practice of prayer and in ministry of the word,
St. Vincent, admirable in imitation of the life and virtues of Jesus,
St. Vincent, who didst persevere to the end in shunning evil and doing good,
St. Vincent, who as in life so in death wast most precious in the sight of God,
St. Vincent, glory of France and pride of Paris,
St. Vincent, patron of all charitable associations,

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.

V. The Lord hath led the just man through right ways,
R. And showed unto him the Kingdom of God.

Let Us Pray.

O God, Who by an effect of Thine infinite goodness, hast renewed in our days, in the apostolic character and humility of Thy blessed servant Vincent, the spirit of Thy well-beloved Son to preach the Gospel to the poor, relieve the afflicted, console the miserable, and add new luster to the ecclesiastical order grant, we beseech Thee, through his powerful intercession, that we also, delivered from the great misery of sin, may labor to please Thee by the practice of the same humility, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who liveth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R. Amen.

O God, Who for the preaching of the Gospel to the poor, and for promoting the honor of the priesthood, didst endue blessed Vincent with the zeal of an apostle, grant, we humbly pray Thee, that we who venerate his holy life may profit by the examples of virtue he has left us. R. Amen.

“O HOPE OF ISRAEL”

(It is a traditional prayer for vocations to priesthood and religious life in the Congregation of the Mission. It was created by St. Vincent de Paul. Prayed daily during Evening Prayer by all members of the Congregation.  Pray with us asking God to send laborers to his vineyard…)

O HOPE OF ISRAEL,
Its Savior in time of trouble,
Look down with kindness from Heaven.
Take a close look at your vineyard,
And provide whatever is necessary for it.
Swell its streams, increase its fruit,
And bring to maturity the vineyard
Which your right hand has planted.
Indeed, the harvest is great,
But the laborers are few.
We ask therefore, Lord of the harvest:
Send laborers into your harvest.
Multiply your people and increase their joy
So that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up.
This is your house, O Lord God,
This is your house.
Let there not be in it, I beg you,
Even one stone which your holy hand
Has not placed there.
Preserve in your name
those whom you have called
And make truly holy. Amen.

Saint Joseph, pray for us
Saint Vincent, pray for us