Benedictines, from time immemorial, have been marked by a profound piety toward the Apostolic See of Rome and the successor of St Peter. The original form of this litany was composed by Dom Benedict Maria Andersen for the time leading up to the papal conclave of 2012. It includes invocations of the blessed Apostles Peter & Paul (founders of the Church of Rome), as well as invocations of all canonised or beatified Popes.  Father Benedict has adapted it into a litany of intercession for His Holiness, Pope Francis, and encourages all Catholics to pray it for the Holy Father in this critical time for the Church Catholic.

Daily introduction

Lord, have mercy upon us.  Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.  Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.  Lord, have mercy upon us.

O Christ, hear us.  O Christ, hear us.
O Christ, graciously hear us.  O Christ, graciously hear us.

O God the Father, of whom all Fatherhood is named,  Have mercy upon us.
O God the Son, Shepherd & Bishop of the souls of men,  Have mercy upon us.
O God the Holy Ghost, strong Paraclete of Christ’s Flock,  Have mercy upon us.
O holy Trinity, One God,  Have mercy upon us.

Holy Mary, Mother of the Church,  Pray for him.
Holy Mary, Health of the Roman People,  Pray for him.
Holy Mary, Untier of Knots,  Pray for him.

Saint Peter, Son of Jonas & stedfast Confessor of the God-man,  Pray for him.
Saint Paul, glorious Preacher of Truth throughout the world,  Pray for him.
Saint Peter, firm Rock of faith upon which the Church is built,  Pray for him.
Saint Paul, chosen vessel & Apostle to the Gentiles,  Pray for him.
Saint Peter, bearer of the Keys that open to us the gates of heaven,  Pray for him.
Saint Paul, God’s ravening wolf of the tribe of Benjamin,  Pray for him.
Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles & pastor of Christ’s flock,  Pray for him.
Saint Paul, caught up to the glory of the third heaven,  Pray for him.
Saint Peter, invested with authority for binding and loosing,  Pray for him.
Saint Paul, most afflicted one for whom Christ’s grace was sufficient,  Pray for him.
Saint Peter, lowly fisherman chosen to catch souls for Christ,  Pray for him.
Saint Paul, willingly burdened with the care of all the Churches,  Pray for him.
Saint Peter, who followed thy Master even to the death of the Cross,  Pray for him.
Saint Paul, who bowed beneath the sword of Nero for Christ’s sake,  Pray for him.
O ye holy Apostles, strong pillars of the Church of Rome,  Intercede for him.

On Sundays:

Saint Linus, first successor of Peter and Paul,  Pray for him.
Saint Anacletus, baptised by the Apostles,  Pray for him.
Saint Clement, preacher of charity & obedience,  Pray for him.
Saint Evaristus, faithful son of Bethlehem,  Pray for him.
Saint Alexander, disperser of demons with blessed water,  Pray for him.
Saint Sixtus I, singer of the thrice-holy hymn,  Pray for him.
Saint Telesphorus, hermit of the Word made Flesh,  Pray for him.
Saint Hyginus, wise organizer of the sacred hierarchy,  Pray for him.
Saint Pius I, loving shepherd & confounder of the Gnostics,  Pray for him.
Saint Anicetus, unconquered by heretical doctrines,  Pray for him.
Saint Soter, saviour of the poor & the exiled,  Pray for him.
Saint Eleutherius, liberator from the chains of Montanus,  Pray for him.
Saint Victor, follower of Christ risen & victorious,  Pray for him.
All ye holy Popes, who sat on the throne of blessed Peter,  Intercede for him.

On Mondays:

Saint Zephyrinus, good shepherd of the flock of the West,  Pray for him.
Saint Callistus, most beautiful disciple of Christ,  Pray for him.
Saint Urban, destroyer of the idols of the City,  Pray for him.
Saint Pontian, reconciler of schismatics to Christ’s Church,  Pray for him.
Saint Anterus, slave of Jesus the great Martyr,  Pray for him.
Saint Fabian, chosen by the Dove, the blessed Paraclete,  Pray for him.
Saint Cornelius, dispenser of God’s mercy to penitents,  Pray for him.
Saint Lucius, prudent pastor & exile for Christ,  Pray for him.
Saint Stephen, who poured out thy blood on Peter’s chair,  Pray for him.
Saint Sixtus II, maker of peace among the Churches,  Pray for him.
Saint Dionysius, dispenser of order & right teaching,  Pray for him.
Saint Felix I, defender of the Unity of Christ the God-man,  Pray for him.
All ye holy Popes, who sat on the throne of blessed Peter,  Intercede for him.

On Tuesdays:

Saint Eutychian, hallower of the good fruits of God’s earth,  Pray for him.
Saint Caius, wise builder of the House of the Church,  Pray for him.
Saint Marcellinus, most penitent confessor of the Faith,  Pray for him.
Saint Marcellus I, diligent restorer of the persecuted Church,  Pray for him.
Saint Eusebius, healer of strife, exiled for Christ’s sake,  Pray for him.
Saint Miltiades, presider over the Peace of Constantine,  Pray for him.
Saint Sylvester I, zealous founder of holy temples,  Pray for him.
Saint Mark, diligent collector of the lives of the Saints of God,  Pray for him.
Saint Julius, defender of Athanasius & confounder of Arius,  Pray for him.
Saint Damasus, poet of the Martyrs & lover of the Scriptures,  Pray for him.
Saint Siricius, destroyer of heresy & pacifier of schism,  Pray for him.
Saint Anastasius, disciple of the Risen Christ & rich in poverty,  Pray for him.
Saint Innocent, blameless shepherd & protector of Christ’s sheep,  Pray for him.
All ye holy Popes, who sat on the throne of blessed Peter,  Intercede for him.

On Wednesdays:

Saint Zosimus, herald of divine grace & scourge of Pelagius,  Pray for him.
Saint Boniface, defender of right order & friend of Augustine,  Pray for him.
Saint Celestine, support of Cyril & ruin of Nestorius,  Pray for him.
Saint Sixtus III, devout client of the Mother of God,  Pray for him.
Saint Leo the Great, glorious Doctor of the Lord’s Incarnation,  Pray for him.
Saint Hilary, successor & confirmer of holy Leo,  Pray for him.
Saint Simplicius, great champion of Chalcedon,  Pray for him.
Saint Felix III, venerable ancestor of Gregory the Great,  Pray for him.
Saint Gelasius I, careful cultivator of the sacred Liturgy,  Pray for him.
Saint Symmachus, elected to the Holy See in a time of strife,  Pray for him.
Saint Hormisdas, bridge-builder between East & West,  Pray for him.
Saint John I, imprisoned for Christ by a cruel king,  Pray for him.
All ye holy Popes, who sat on the throne of blessed Peter,  Intercede for him.

On Thursdays:

Saint Felix IV, champion of divine grace & lover of peace,  Pray for him.
Saint Agapetus I, great patron of learning, both sacred & secular,  Pray for him.
Saint Silverius, son of blessed Hormisdas & exile for the Faith,  Pray for him.
Saint Gregory the Great, glorious Doctor & Apostle of Britain,  Pray for him.
Saint Boniface IV, consecrator of the Pantheon to the Saints of God,  Pray for him.
Saint Adeodatus I, good shepherd given by God to Rome,  Pray for him.
Saint Martin I, glorious martyr for the Two Wills of Christ,  Pray for him.
Saint Eugene I, gentle and loving pastor, well-born of God,  Pray for him.
Saint Vitalian, maker of peace in the Church from East to West,  Pray for him.
Saint Agatho, scourge of Monothelites & healer of schism,  Pray for him.
Saint Leo II, sweet singer of chant & lover of the poor,  Pray for him.
Saint Benedict II, humble student of the Holy Scriptures,  Pray for him.
Saint Sergius, servant of the Lamb & his blessed Mother,  Pray for him.
All ye holy Popes, who sat on the throne of blessed Peter,  Intercede for him.

On Fridays:

Saint Gregory II, defender of icons & enlightener of Bavaria,  Pray for him.
Saint Gregory III, beautifier of temples & fortifier of the City,  Pray for him.
Saint Zachary, gentle lawgiver & father of nations,  Pray for him.
Saint Paul I, builder of sanctuaries & custodian of holy relics,  Pray for him.
Saint Leo III, crowner of kings & defender of the Creed,  Pray for him.
Saint Paschal I, shelter of monks & finder of holy Cecilia,  Pray for him.
Saint Leo IV, repairer of ruins & bearer of the Cockerel,  Pray for him.
Saint Nicholas the Great, defender of apostolic primacy,  Pray for him.
Saint Adrian III, zealous seeker of unity & distributor of bread,  Pray for him.
Saint Leo IX, son of Germany & reformer of the clergy,  Pray for him.
Saint Gregory VII, monk of Cluny & protector of the episcopate,  Pray for him.
Blessed Victor III, humble abbot of Monte Cassino,  Pray for him.
Blessed Urban II, defender of Christians from violent aggression,  Pray for him.
All ye holy Popes, who sat on the throne of blessed Peter,  Intercede for him.

On Saturdays:

Blessed Eugene III, monk of Clairvaux & lover of simplicity,  Pray for him.
Blessed Gregory X, healer of strife in Christ’s broken Body,  Pray for him.
Blessed Innocent V, son of holy Dominic & lover of unity,  Pray for him.
Blessed Benedict XI, martyr of peace between nations,  Pray for him.
Blessed Urban V, great educator & lover of the Holy Rule,  Pray for him.
Saint Pius V, new Moses & son of the Most Holy Rosary,  Pray for him.
Blessed Innocent XI, great pontiff & father of the poor,  Pray for him.
Blessed Pius IX, herald of the Immaculate Virgin Mother,  Pray for him.
Saint Pius X, renewer of all things in Christ Jesus,  Pray for him.
Saint John XXIII, good & humble father of Christians,  Pray for him.
Blessed Paul VI, defender of human life & chaste love,  Pray for him.
Saint John Paul II, ambassador of Christ, the Redeemer of man,  Pray for him.
All ye holy Popes, who sat on the throne of blessed Peter,  Intercede for him.

Daily conclusion:

Saint Joseph, most chaste Spouse of the Virgin Mother,  Pray for him.
Saint Michael, invincible Warrior & Protector of Holy Church,  Pray for him.
Saint Francis, Seraphic Patriarch & bearer of Christ’s Wounds,  Pray for him.
Saint Ignatius, holy founder & soldier of Christ Jesus,  Pray for him.
Saint Therese, bearer of merciful Love in the heart of the Church,  Pray for him.
All ye holy men and women,  Intercede for him.

We sinners,  Beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to save & protect thy holy Catholic Church,  We beseech thee to hear us.
That it may please thee to preserve our Apostolic Lord & all orders of thy Church in holy religion,  We beseech...
That he may be a faithful Pontiff, who shall act according to thy heart & mind,  We beseech...
That both by his life & teaching he may be a wholesome example to the people committed to his charge,  We beseech...
That we, who are thy flock & the sheep of thy pasture, may give thanks to thee for ever in thy heavenly Kingdom,  We beseech...

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,  Spare us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,  Graciously hear us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,  Have mercy upon us.

O Christ, hear us.  O Christ, hear us.
O Christ, graciously hear us.  O Christ, graciously hear us.

V.  Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand:
R.  And upon the son of man whom thou hast confirmed for thyself.

V.  Let us pray.  

Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon Thy servant, FRANCIS, our Supreme Pontiff, & direct him, according to Thy loving-kindness, in the way of eternal salvation; that, of Thy gift, he may ever desire that which is pleasing unto thee & may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ our Lord.  R.  Amen.