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Litany of Humility Prayer (with Free Printable Card and PDF)

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Hello Mamas, are you struggling in the humility department, just like me? Today I want to share with you the Litany of Humility Prayer that you can download and print for free, so, you can read it everyday.

I will also include a free printable Litany of Humility prayer card as an option, so you can print and carry it with you.

The Litany of Humility Prayer

Here’s the complete Litany of Humility:

Lord Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

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Who Wrote the Litany of Humility?

There are actually different versions of the Litany of Humility, but the version posted above is considered the most popular version of the prayer that was written by Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val (or Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val y Zulueta), who was the Cardinal Secretary of State of the Holy See under Pope St. Pius X.

Why Should We Pray the Litany of Humility?

The Litany of Humility is a Catholic prayer intended to help those who are struggling with the sins of pride, so, they can learn and be granted the virtue of humility through this prayer.

This litany is not recited during liturgical services of the Catholic Church, but recited in private, in a prayer group, or in a home setting with family members.

a graphic of the word humility in capital letters.

To be honest, I only learned about it yesterday, while I was looking for some other Catholic topics. That’s why I want to share it with you, just in case you haven’t heard of this prayer, yet, like me.

And I believe that stumbling into this wonderful prayer was not an accident, because God knows that I needed it.

God wants to help me control my natural inclinations for love of material goods that are only giving me false security.

Instead, He wants my restless self to learn this beautiful prayer, so that slowly, I may learn the difficult virtue of humility. And to make me realize that the inordinate love of attention is not good at all.

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How to Pray the Litany of Humility?

We can start praying the Litany of Humility by reciting it once a day. Preferably in the morning, so, we can start our day by asking God to guide and remind us of our goal to not give in to our human nature of being prideful. We can end the prayer with one Our Father, One Hail Mary, and a Glory Be.

Blessed is She has written a detailed article on how to pray the Litany of Humility, read the post to have more ideas on how to pray it.

Free Printable Litany of Humility PDF

The free online Litany of Humility PDF comes in 2 sizes: US Letter Document and A4. Choose and click the button that will direct you to the particular size depending on your printing paper size.

There are 2 versions to choose from. The 1st page is a black and white page, while the 2nd page has the addition of a pink flower on the left upper part and the right lower part for some color. Just choose the one you like best.

black and white Litany of Humility PDF
Black and white version of The Litany of Humility Prayer PDF

Litany of Humility Prayer PDF with pink flowers on the upper left and lower right
The Litany of Humility Prayer PDF with pink flower version.

Download the Free Printable Litany of Humility Prayer Card

I also included a free printable Litany of Humility prayer card for those who want to print it as a card for personal use.

The size of the card is 3×4.5 inches. (3 inches wide and 4.5 inches long), a standard wallet-size card, so it can fit into your wallet easily.

3x4.5 inches Litany of Humility Prayer Card
3×4.5 inches Litany of Humility Prayer Card

You can also print multiple copies of humility prayer cards and give them away to family and friends as a gift. And you can write a dedication or note on the back of the card for personalization.

It can also be printed for parish use or missionary work to be distributed to the faithful who want to get a copy of the litany.

How to Make the Printable Card and PDF Last Longer

Whether you choose the PDF format or the card one, you can make the copies last longer by printing them on heavy card stock and opting for a laminate finish.

I suggest though that if you choose to print the card format, it’s better to print them in your local printing shop to ensure the appropriate paper size and a very nice result.

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Do you have other specific prayers that you pray consistently?

My husband and I are currently doing the 9 first Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (We are on our 6th first Friday this month of May) and I am also doing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, though not consistently.

What are the Catholic prayer cards that you have?

I have a prayer booklet, a photo of Mother of Perpetual Help, and a St. Clare of Assisi prayer card (given to me by a priest friend) in my wallet.

What prayers and stories do you want to read or know next?

I want to learn about the life and Litany of St. Joseph, and St. Therese of Lisieux (I already bought the books, but haven’t started reading, yet). I also want to read and learn about Our Lady of Guadalupe, The Immaculate Heart of Mary, and many more.

Let’s Pray Together the Litany of Humility Prayer

I hope that this Litany of Humility Prayer can be helpful to all of us, as we work to receive and learn the virtue of humility.

May we feel the Love of God slowly working in us and may we handle the face of humiliation easier than before as we start to pray this powerful prayer.

And may it become one of the traditional prayers in our family at the present moment and in the years to come.

Feel free to share your answers to the questions above in the comments below.


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