God-the-Father-blessingEarly in December 2015, Dom Benedict asked me if I would translate from the Latin the beautiful Litanies of Divine Providence found at the end of a little volume containing the Office of Divine Providence, published for the Benedictines of Perpetual Adoration at Arras (France) in 1883. The volume gives no indication of the origin of the Office and Litanies of Divine Providence. A note in the book indicates that the Litanies were to be recited in common after None on every Sunday when the Blessed Sacrament was not exposed. It would also seem that, at one time, the designated reparator of the day would read the Office and Litanies of Divine Providence before the Most Blessed Sacrament on behalf of all. The Litanies of Divine Providence are a condensation of biblical and liturgical texts: a perfect example of how lectio turns to meditatio, and meditatio to oratio and contemplatio.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord have mercy upon us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the heavenly Father, whose providence governeth all things,
have mercy upon us.

God the Son, Wisdom from on high, mightily and sweetly ordering all our days,*
have mercy upon us.

God the Holy Ghost, father of the Poor and source of all our store,
have mercy upon us.

Holy Trinity, one God, unchanging in thy providence,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, creating and ruling all,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, who alone dost great wonders,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, supremely good and immeasurable,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, in which we live, and move, and have our being,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, our only hope and salvation,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, wellspring of all good things,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, with whom no word shall be impossible,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, our expectation and our glory,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, consolation of the poor,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, strength of the frail,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, our refuge,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, our storehouse,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, our life and our shelter,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, supplying to the utmost and giving boundless solace,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, mother of orphans,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, giving sustenance to the indigent,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, rudder of seafarers,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, impenetrable shield,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, artery of life,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, bread of the famished,
have mercy upon us.

Divine Providence, consolation in our exile,
have mercy upon us.

V. Cast the burden of thy cares upon the Lord, and he will sustain thee.
R. And from all thy troubles he will set thee free.

V. As a father hath compassion on his children, so hath the Lord compassion on them that fear him.
R. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

V. Remember thou our congregation.
R. Which thou hast possessed from the beginning.

Let us pray.
O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, show thyself favourable to our prayers, and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy Providence, that thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

*alternately, following the original: Shepherd of thy sheep.
** alternately, following the original: Holy Ghost.