Litaniae Lauretanae

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The Litaniae Lauretanae (or Litany of Loreto) is a Litany in honor of Mary (Beatæ Mariæ Virginis or BMV), often included in the liturgy of the Rosary, at Benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament and also frequently used in May, the month traditionally dedicated to the "BMV". The traditional name comes from the Italian shrine of Loreto where they were informally adopted in 1558. Formal papal approval for public use was granted by Sixtus V in 1587; additions to the text have been ongoing, following proclamations of dogmas or events of particular ecclesiastical relevance in the Catholic church.

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Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum. Compendium Eucharisticum. Officina libraria editoria Vaticana, 19 X 2009, ISBN-13: 978-88-209-8291-1.

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Text and translations

The full text of the Litaniæ is below as published by the Officina libraria editoria Vaticana in the two languages, Latin & English. For convenience of reference, the Litanies have been broken down following the division most commonly adopted by composers; it should be kept in mind, however, that this is spurious.

℣. = versiculum (versicle)

℟. = responsorium (response) - if (℟) is indicated at the end of a versicle, the last response is to be repeated.


Latin.png Latin text

Kyrie, eleison.
℟.: Christe, eleison.

Kyrie, eleison. Christe, audi nos.
℟.: Christe, exaudi nos.
Pater de caelis, Deus,
℟.: miserere nobis.
Fili, Redemptor mundi, Deus, (℟)
Spiritus Sancte Deus, (℟)
Sancta Trinitas, unus Deus, (℟)

English.png English translation

Lord, have mercy on us.
℟.: Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
℟.: Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven,
℟.: have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (℟)
God the Holy Spirit, (℟)
Holy Trinity, one God, (℟)

Translation by Campelli

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Heer, ontferm U over ons.
Christus, ontferm U over ons.
Heer, ontferm U over ons.
Christus, aanhoor ons.
Christus, verhoor ons.
God, hemelse Vader, ontferm U over ons.
God, Zoon, Verlosser van de wereld, ontferm U over ons.
God, heilige Geest, ontferm U over ons.
Heilige Drievuldigheid, één God, ontferm U over ons.

Sancta Maria


Sancta Maria,
℟.: ora pro nobis.
Sancta Dei Genetrix, (℟)
Sancta Virgo virginum, (℟)
Mater Christi, (℟)
Mater Ecclesiæ, (℟)
Mater Divinæ gratiæ, (℟)
Mater purissima, (℟)
Mater castissima, (℟)
Mater inviolata, (℟)
Mater intemerata, (℟)
Mater amabilis, (℟)
Mater admirabilis, (℟)
Mater boni Consilii, (℟)
Mater Creatoris, (℟)
Mater Salvatoris, (℟)
Virgo prudentissima, (℟)
Virgo veneranda, (℟)
Virgo prædicanda, (℟)
Virgo potens, (℟)
Virgo clemens, (℟)
Virgo fidelis, (℟)
Speculum iustitiæ, (℟)
Sedes sapientiæ, (℟)
Causa nostræ lætitiæ, (℟)
Vas spirituale, (℟)
Vas honorabile, (℟)
Vas insigne devotionis, (℟)
Rosa mystica, (℟)
Turris Davidica, (℟)
Turris eburnea, (℟)
Domus aurea, (℟)
Fœderis arca, (℟)
Ianua cæli, (℟)
Stella matutina, (℟)
Salus infirmorum, (℟)
Refugium peccatorum, (℟)
Consolatrix afflictorum, (℟)
Auxilium Christianorum, (℟)


Holy Mary,
℟.: pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, (℟)
Holy Virgin of virgins, (℟)
Mother of Christ, (℟)
Mother of the Church, (℟)
Mother of divine grace, (℟)
Mother most pure, (℟)
Mother most chaste, (℟)
Mother inviolate, (℟)
Mother undefiled, (℟)
Mother most amiable, (℟)
Mother most admirable, (℟)
Mother of good counsel, (℟)
Mother of our Creator, (℟)
Mother of our Savior, (℟)
Virgin most prudent, (℟)
Virgin most venerable, (℟)
Virgin most renowned, (℟)
Virgin most powerful, (℟)
Virgin most merciful, (℟)
Virgin most faithful, (℟)
Mirror of justice, (℟)
Seat of wisdom, (℟)
Cause of our joy, (℟)
Spiritual vessel, (℟)
Vessel of honor, (℟)
Singular vessel of devotion, (℟)
Mystical rose, (℟)
Tower of David, (℟)
Tower of ivory, (℟)
House of gold, (℟)
Ark of the covenant, (℟)
Gate of heaven, (℟)
Morning star, (℟)
Health of the sick, (℟)
Refuge of sinners, (℟)
Comforter of the afflicted, (℟)
Help of Christians, (℟)


Heilige Maria,
℟. bid voor ons.
Heilige Moeder van God, (℟)
Heilige Maagd der maagden, (℟)
Moeder van Christus, (℟)
Moeder van de Kerk, (℟)
Moeder van de goddelijke Genade, (℟)
Allerreinste Moeder, (℟)
Zeer kuise Moeder, (℟)
Maagdelijke Moeder, (℟)
Onbevlekte Moeder, (℟)
Beminnelijke Moeder, (℟)
Bewonderenswaardige Moeder, (℟)
Moeder van goede raad, (℟)
Moeder van de Schepper, (℟).
Moeder van de Zaligmaker, (℟)
Allervoorzichtigste Maagd, (℟)
Eerwaardige Maagd, (℟)
Lofwaardige Maagd, (℟)
Machtige Maagd, (℟)
Goedertieren Maagd, (℟)
Getrouwe Maagd, (℟)
Spiegel van gerechtigheid, (℟)
Zetel van Wijsheid, (℟)
Oorzaak van onze blijdschap, (℟)
Geestelijk vat, (℟)
Eerwaardig vat, (℟)
Heerlijk vat van godsvrucht, (℟)
Mystieke roos, (℟)
Toren van David, (℟)
Ivoren toren, (℟)
Gouden huis, (℟)
Ark van het verbond, (℟)
Deur van de hemel, (℟)
Morgenster, (℟)
Heil van de zieken, (℟)
Toevlucht van de zondaren, (℟)
Troosteres van de bedroefden, (℟).
Hulp van de christenen, bid voor ons.

Regina Angelorum


Regina Angelorum,
℟.: ora pro nobis.
Regina Patriarcharum, (℟)
Regina Prophetarum, (℟)
Regina Apostolorum, (℟)
Regina Martyrum, (℟)
Regina Confessorum, (℟)
Regina Virginum, (℟)
Regina Sanctorum omnium, (℟)
Regina sine labe originali concepta, (℟)
Regina in cælum assumpta, (℟)
Regina Sanctissimi Rosarii, (℟)
Regina familiæ, (℟)
Regina pacis, (℟)


Queen of Angels,
℟.: pray for us.
Queen of Patriarchs, (℟)
Queen of Prophets, (℟)
Queen of Apostles, (℟)
Queen of Martyrs, (℟)
Queen of Confessors, (℟)
Queen of Virgins, (℟)
Queen of all Saints, (℟)
Queen conceived without original sin, (℟)
Queen assumed into heaven, (℟)
Queen of the most holy Rosary, (℟)
Queen of the family, (℟)
Queen of Peace, (℟)


Koningin van de engelen, bid voor ons.
Koningin van de aartsvaders, bid voor ons.
Koningin van de profeten, bid voor ons.
Koningin van de apostelen, bid voor ons.
Koningin van de martelaren, bid voor ons.
Koningin van de belijders, bid voor ons.

Koningin van de maagden, bid voor ons.
Koningin van alle heiligen, bid voor ons.
Koningin zonder erfsmet ontvangen, bid voor ons.
Koningin in de hemel opgenomen, bid voor ons.
Koningin van de heilige rozenkrans, bid voor ons.

Koningin van de vrede, bid voor ons.

Agnus Dei


Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
℟.: parce nobis, Domine.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
℟.: exaudi nobis, Domine.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
℟.: miserere nobis.


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.


Lam Gods, dat de zonden van de wereld wegneemt,
spaar ons Heer.
Lam Gods, dat de zonden van de wereld wegneemt,
verhoor ons Heer.
Lam Gods, dat de zonden van de wereld wegneemt,
ontferm U over ons.

French.png French translation

Seigneur, prends pitié, Christ, prends pitié.
Christ, entends nous, Christ, exauce nous.
Père des cieux, Dieu, prends pitié de nous.
Fils, Rédempteur du monde, Dieu, prends pitié de nous.
Esprit Saint, Dieu, prends pitié de nous.
Sainte Trinité, Dieu unique, prends pitié de nous.

Sainte Marie, priez pour nous.
Mère de Dieu, priez pour nous.
Sainte Vierge des vierges, priez pour nous.
Mère du Christ, priez pour nous.
Mère de la grâce divine, priez pour nous.
Mère très pure, priez pour nous.
Mère sans taches, priez pour nous.
Mère digne d’amour, priez pour nous.
Mère admirable, priez pour nous.
Mère du Sauveur, priez pour nous.
Vierge très prudente, priez pour nous.
Vierge à célébrer, priez pour nous.
Vierge puissante, priez pour nous.
Vierge bienveillante, priez pour nous.
Vierge fidèle, priez pour nous.
Miroir de la justice, priez pour nous.
Demeure de la Sagesse, priez pour nous.
Cause de notre joie, priez pour nous,
Vase spirituel, priez pour nous,
Vase honorable, priez pour nous,
Maison comblée de gloire, priez pour nous.
Rose mystique, priez pour nous.
Tour de David, priez pour nous.
Tour d’ivoire, priez pour nous.
Maison d’or, priez pour nous.
Arche d’alliance, priez pour nous.
Porte du ciel, priez pour nous.
Étoile du matin, priez pour nous.
Salut des malades, priez pour nous.
Refuge des pécheurs, priez pour nous.
Consolatrice des affligés, priez pour nous.
Secours des chrétiens, priez pour nous.

Reine des Anges, priez pour nous.
Reine des Patriarches, priez pour nous.
Reine des Prophètes, priez pour nous.
Reine des Apôtres, priez pour nous.
Reine des Martyrs, priez pour nous.
Reine des Confesseurs, priez pour nous.
Reine des Vierges, priez pour nous.
Reine de tous les Saints, priez pour nous.

Agneau de Dieu, qui enlèves les péchés du monde, épargne nous Seigneur.
Agneau de Dieu, qui enlèves les péchés du monde, exauce nous Seigneur.
Agneau de Dieu, qui enlèves les péchés du monde, prends pitié de nous.

Collects, varied by season

Tempore per annum (Ordinary time)

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℣.: Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genetrix,
℟.: Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Concede nos famulos tuos, quæsumus, Domine Deus, perpetua mentis et corporis sanitate gaudere: et gloriosa beatæ Mariæ semper Virginis intercessione, a præsenti liberari tristitia, et æterna perfrui lætitia. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
℟.: Amen.



℣.: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
℟.: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy servants, may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord.

℟.: Amen.

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Tempore Adventus (Advent Season)

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℣.: Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ,
℟.: Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.

Deus, qui de beatæ Mariæ Virginis utero Verbum tuum, Angelo nuntiante, carnem suscipere voluisti: præsta supplicibus tuis; ut, qui vere eam Genetricem Dei credimus, eius apud te intercessionibus adiuvemur. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

℟.: Amen.



℣.: The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;
℟.: And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Let us pray
O God, Thou hast willed that at the message of an angel Thy Word should take flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary; grant to Thy suppliant people, that we, who believe her to be truly the Mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with Thee. Through Christ our Lord.
℟.: Amen.

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Tempore Nativitatis (Christmas Season)

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℣.: Post partum, Virgo, inviolata permansisti,
℟.: Dei Genitrix, intercede pro nobis.

Deus, qui salutis æternæ, beatæ Mariæ virginitate fecunda, humano generi præmia præstitisti: tribue, quæsumus; ut ipsam pro nobis intercedere sentiamus, per quam meruimus Filius tuum auctorem vitæ suscipere. Qui tecum vivit et regnat in sæcula sæculorum.
℟.: Amen.



℣.: After giving birth, O Virgin, thou remained a virgin.
℟.: Mother of God, intercede for us.

Let us pray
O God, by the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary, Thou hast bestowed upon the human race the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may feel the power of her intercession, through whom we have been made worthy to receive the Author of life, Thy Son. Who with Thee lives and reigns forever.
℟.: Amen.

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Tempore Paschali (Easter Season)

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℣.: Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
℟.: Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum lætificare dignatus es: præsta, quæsumus: ut, per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.
℟.: Amen.



℣.: Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
℟.: Because the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray
O God, who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant we beg Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may lay hold of the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord.
℟. Amen.


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