Friday, August 30, 2013

A Litany to St. Jeanne Jugan

Today is the feast of St. Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor and the subject of our Theater of the Word play Little Saint of the Poor, which we performed at about 20 Little Sisters homes across the U.S. the year she was canonized.

Jeanne Jugan is a remarkable woman, and my actress Maria Romine has written a beautiful litany to her.



Litany of Saint Jeanne Jugan

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, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Jeanne Jugan, faithful believer, pray for us.
Jeanne Jugan, patient listener of God's call, pray for us.
Jeanne Jugan, selfless worker for God, pray for us.
Jeanne Jugan, comforter of the poor, pray for us.
Jeanne Jugan, beggar for God's poor, pray for us.
Jeanne Jugan, humble servant of the Lord, pray for us.
Jeanne Jugan, grateful receiver of God's blessings, pray for us.
Jeanne Jugan, trusting dependent of God's Providence, pray for us.
Jeanne Jugan, willing instrument in God's hands, pray for us.
Jeanne Jugan, joyful witness of Christ's love, pray for us.
Jeanne Jugan, great lover of Jesus, pray for us.
Jeanne Jugan, foundress of God's home for the elderly poor, pray for us.
Jeanne Jugan, little sister, pray for us.

Let us pray: O Lord, grant me the patience that your servant Jeanne Jugan displayed in waiting and listening for your still small voice.  Help me to remember that any work that I do for your glory is Your work not mine.  Should the work that I love and find joy in doing for your sake be taken away from me give me the strength that Jeanne demonstrated in embracing her cross and following you-tirelessly and without complaint.  Help me to be a gracious receiver of your blessings and Providence.  And Lord,  help me to see you in my fellow man as Jeanne always did.


St. Jeanne Jugan, pray for us!

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