Hymn of St. Francis Xavier:


My God, I love Thee, not because
I hope for heaven thereby;
Nor because they, who love Thee not,
Must burn eternally.

Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me
Upon the Cross embrace,
For me didst bear the nails and spear,
And manifold disgrace,

And griefs and torments numberless,
And sweat of agony;
Even death itself--and all for one
Who was Thine enemy!

Then why, O blessed Jesus Christ,
Should I not love Thee well;
Not for the sake of winning heaven,
Or of escaping hell:

Not with the hope of gaining aught;
Not seeking a reward;
But as Thyself has loved me,
O ever-loving Lord?

E'en so I love Thee, and will love,
And in Thy praise will sing;
Solely because Thou art my God,
And my eternal King. 

Litany of St. Francis Xavier

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
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.

Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God,
Pray for us *

St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus, *
St. Francis Xavier, the glory and second pillar of thine order, *
Apostle of the Indies and Japan, *
Legate of the Holy Apostolic See, *
Preacher of the truth, and doctor of the nations, *
Vessel of election, to carry the name of Jesus Christ to the kings of the earth, *
Shining light to those who sat in the shadow of death, *
Full of a burning zeal for the glory of God, *
Unwearied propagator of the Christian faith, *
Most watchful shepherd of souls, *
Most constant mediator on divine things, *
Most faithful follower of Jesus Christ, *
Most ardent lover of evangelical poverty, *
Who didst burn with the fire of divine love, *
Who didst generously despise all earthly things, *
Most able guide in the way of perfection, *
Model of apostolic men, *
Model of all virtues, *
Light of infidels, and master of the faithful, *
Angel in life and manners, *
Patriarch in affection and care of God's people, *
Prophet mighty in word and works, *
Whom all nations and the Church have with one voice associated with the glorious choir of Apostles, *
Who was adorned with the crown of virgins, *
Who didst aspire to the palm of martyrs, *
Confessor in virtue and profession of life, *
In whom we reverence, through the divine goodness, the merits of all saints, *
Whom the winds and the sea obeyed, *
Who didst take by assault the cities that had revolted from Jesus Christ, *
Who wast the terror of the armies of the infidels, *
Scourge of demons, and destroyer of idols, *
Powerful defense against shipwreck, *
Health of the sick, and salvation of sinners, *
Father of the poor, and refuge of the miserable, *
Sight to the blind, and strength to the lame, *
Protector in time of war, famine, and plague, *
Wonderful worker of miracles, *
Who wast endued with the gift of tongues, *
Who wast endued with the wondrous power of raising the dead, *
Resounding trumpet of the Holy Ghost, *
Light and glory of the East, *

Through the cross, which thou didst so often raise among the Gentiles,
We beseech thee, hear us. **

Through the faith, which thou didst so marvelously propagate, **
Through thy miracles and prophecies, **
Through the perils and shipwrecks which thou didst endure, **
Through thy pains and labors, in the midst of which thou didst so ardently exclaim: Still more, still more! **
Through thy heavenly raptures, in the midst of which thou didst so fervently exclaim: Enough, Lord, enough! **
Through the glory and happiness which now thou dost enjoy in heaven, **

Friend of the heavenly Bridegroom,
Intercede for us. ***

Blessed Francis Xavier, beloved of God and men,
Intercede for us.
Blessed Francis Xavier, beloved of God and men,
Intercede for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

V. Pray for us, St. Francis Xavier.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who dost glorify those who glorify Thee, and Who art honored in the honor which we render to Thy Saints; mercifully grant that, in celebrating the glorious memory of the blessed Francis Xavier, we may feel in ourselves the happy effects of his powerful intercession with Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who reignest forever and ever. Amen

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