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Chiara Offreduccio (St. Clare) was born in 1194. It is said that when her mother had Chiara in her womb, an angel appeared to her and said, "your child will be a light that will illuminate the world!" Hence, her mother named the child Chiara, which means "light. As G.K. Chesterton put it, St. Clare was a romantic figure just like Juliet was. However, instead of running away from her family in order to be with an earthly man, Clare gave up everything and ran away from her family for the love of her Savior!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Chiara Countdown: Litany of St. Clare

Litany of St. Clare

Lord, have mercy

Christ, 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 Spirit, have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us!
Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins,

R:..pray for us

St. Clare chosen of Christ...R..
St. Clare, lover of chastity...R
St. Clare, vessel of holiness...R
St. Clare, prayerful daughter of St. Francis...R
St. Clare, morning light...R
St. Clare, Mother and Foundress of the Poor Clares…R
St. Clare, humble follower of Christ…R
St. Clare, faithful imitator of St. Francis…R
St. Clare, humble servant of the servants of Christ…R
St. Clare, brilliant light of holiness…R
St. Clare, wonderful helper in need...R
St. Clare, full of joy…R
St. Clare, poor with the poor…R
St. Clare rich in merit and grace…R
St. Clare, loving spouse of the Crucified…R
St. Clare, seraphic adorer of the Blessed Sacrament…R
St. Clare, mighty protector of Assisi…R
St. Clare, mirror of patience in suffering…R
St. Clare, comforter of the ill and infirm…R

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world....have mercy on us
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
Pray for us , St. Clare....that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

O God, who inspired St. Clare of Assisi to shine her light on the Gospel and live a life of uncompromising fidelity, grant that through her merits and intercession, we may walk in the path of righteousness in this life so as to enjoy the life that will never end.

We ask this through Christ our Lord....AMEN


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