LITANY OF GRATITUDE FOR THE FILIPINO LAITY

Year of the Laity 2014

God our Father we thank you for the gift of the Filipino laity for the Church.

After every invocation let us say:

          We praise you and we thank you!

For the motherhood of Mary, first among the disciples, Mother of the Philippines, we glorify you.

          We praise you and we thank you!

For crowning our countrymen Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod with the grace of holy martyrdom, we glorify you.

          We praise you and we thank you!

For calling us to be saints and sending us as heroes, we glorify you.

          We praise you and we thank you!

For the zeal of the youth, the joy of our children and the innocence of our infants, we glorify you.

          We praise you and we thank you!

For the tenderness and love that you bring to every Filipino family, we glorify you.

          We praise you and we thank you!

For our Filipino laity at work in distant foreign lands, we glorify you.

          We praise you and we thank you!

For civil servants, businessmen and professionals who work with honesty and integrity, we glorify you.

          We praise you and we thank you!

For labourers, farmers and fisher folks who bring dignity to human work as stewards of creation, we glorify you.

          We praise you and we thank you!

For the sick and the elderly, our handicapped and troubled friends, for the hope and courage they teach us by their lives, we glorify you.

          We praise you and we thank you!

For all unknown Filipino saints and heroes, we glorify you.

          We praise you and we thank you!

Father we celebrate the dignity and mission of the Filipino Catholic laity. Help us to be faithful. Teach us to be brave. Increase our love through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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