To Pray a Litany for Japan

I was moved this morning at my home parish when we all raised our voices at the end of Mass to pray this Litany for Japan.

Our Lady of Akita, pray for them
St. Peter Baptist, martyr and patron of Japan, pray for them
St. Francis Xavier, patron of Japan, pray for them
St. Paul Miki and companions, pray for them

All Holy Martyrs of Japan, pray for them
God our Father, you guide everything in wisdom and love. Accept the prayers we offer for the nation of Japan; by the wisdom of  their leaders and the integrity of their citizens, may their suffering be lessened, may harmony and peace be restored. May those who have perished be granted eternal rest, and survivors, assistance, comfort and consolation. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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  • Warren Jewell

    Indeed – Amen.

  • ThereseRita

    What a great parish you must go to, Allison, to come up with such a wonderful prayer! The only thing I'd add is an invocation to St Maximilian Kolbe. He loved Japan very much & didn't want to leave. One of my favorite stories of his time in Nagasaki was, when he was building the monastery there, he was advised not to put a statue of Our Lady on top of it because "it might offend the locals." This, of course, was out of the question for him, since he loved Our Lady so much. It wasn't too long afterward that a young girl knocked on the door of the monastery & asked who that lady was on top of their building. The girl said her parents were on their way into town to sell her because they had no money. She ran away & was going to jump off the bridge & into the river to kill herself when she looked up & saw that statue. She wondered if that nice looking Lady might help her. So Blessed Mother saves another soul in Japan!

  • Jo Anne

    Thanks for sharing this Allison! and dittos to what therese rita said….I've been thinking a lot about St Maximilian Kolbe since the earthquake……….. St Maximilian Kolbe pray for them Amen.