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Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us.
Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity One God,

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph,
St. Francis of Assisi,
St. Thomas Aquinas,

Gilbert Chesterton, pray for us.
Son of Edward and Marie,
Brother of Cecil and Beatrice,
Friend of Bentley, Belloc and Baring,
Faithful husband of Frances Blogg,
Adopted "uncle" of local children,
Remarkable opponent in debate,
Man of colossal genius, (Shaw in GKC 367)

Jolly journalist,
Prolific essayist,
Author of mysteries,
Indefatigable writer,
Guide for converts,
Lover of paradox, (FVF)
Ethicist of Elfland, (Orth)
Preacher against Pride, (TCM)

Defendant of Penny Dreadfuls,
Defendant of Skeletons,
Defendant of Nonsense,
Defendant of Heraldry,
Defendant of Baby-worship,

Challenger of Wells and Shaw,
Challenger of Darwin and Darrow,
Challenger of Nietzsche and Hitler,
Challenger of the modern world,

Opponent of diabolism,
Opponent of eugenics,
Opponent of tyranny,
Opponent of falsehood,

Praiser of Humility, (TCM)
Praiser of Obedience, (Surprise)
Praiser of Gratitude, (Orth, SHE)
Praiser of Reality,

Poet and Lunatic,
Poet of Lepanto,
Poet of the White Horse,
Poet of Eternities,
Poet of the Arena,
Gracious poet of the Queen of Seven Swords,

The man who rebutted heretics,
The man who revealed orthodoxy,
The man who noticed tremendous trifles,
The man who considered all things,
The man who could take himself lightly, (Orth CW1:325)
The man who discovered England, (Orth CW1:213)
The man who saw the extraordinary everywhere, (TT 6)
The man who chose light over darkness (Ward GKC 650)

Biographer of the Jongleur of Assisi,
Biographer of the Angelic Doctor,
Steadfast follower of the Everlasting Man,

Interpreter of Science, (Jaki CASOS)
Antagonist of Scientism, (Jaki CASOS)
Critic of Evolutionism, (Jaki CASOS)
Champion of the Universe, (Jaki CASOS)

Devoted son of Holy Church, (Pope Pius XI in Ward GKC 652)
Gifted defender of the Catholic faith, (Pope Pius XI in Ward GKC 652)
Knight of the Holy Ghost, (Walter de la Mare in Ward GKC 651)

Frances, who cared for Gilbert,
Frances, who loved Gilbert,
Frances, who assisted Gilbert,
Frances, without whom Gilbert could do nothing,

Frances and Gilbert, united in holy Matrimony,

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us oh Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us oh Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Let us pray.

Almighty and ever-living God, hear the prayers of Thy faithful people, and if it be Thy holy will deign to grant to Thy servants Frances and Gilbert the honors of the altar. Through Jesus Christ the Everlasting Man, who livest and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Very nice.

WanderingPenitent Wrote:(for private use only!)

Why? If there's nothing doctrinally wrong, why not say it in public?
(08-09-2009, 11:03 PM)Credo Wrote: [ -> ]Very nice.

WanderingPenitent Wrote:(for private use only!)

Why? If there's nothing doctrinally wrong, why not say it in public?

There are only a few litanies approved for 'public' recitation, i.e. paraliturgically. The Litanies of the Holy Name, Precious Blood, Sacred Heart, Our Lady and St Joseph are the only ones I know. All the others, e.g. the Holy Angels, are 'for private recitation only'. Nothing wrong with saying them in public, but not as 'official prayer'.
Thank you for clarifying.
Oooooh, thank you!
I wonder if there are any other litanies containing a Shaw quote. 
(08-11-2009, 11:44 AM)JonW Wrote: [ -> ]I wonder if there are any other litanies containing a Shaw quote. 

Poor man. I'm sure he never anticipated that.
I somehow suspect that GK would not be entirely comfortable with this.  Besides, you seem to be canonizing his wife, too.  
I didn't realize I could canonnize anyone....

Private devotions to non-Canonnized Christians is not bad at all. It's a way of showing respect in death the way you would in life. And yes, if I had known him in life, I would have asked for the prayers of he and his wife.

My friends and I ask for the intercession of Chesterton and Tolkien quite often, in fact, as well as that of Godfrey de Bouillion and Alfred the Great.