A Dignity Litany of the Saints
By Dr. Rachel Waltz, 2013
Lord have Mercy
Christ have Mercy
Lord have Mercy
Mary, Mother of God; Pray for us
Harvey Milk; Pray for us
St. Joan of Arc; Pray for us
Our brothers and sisters who died at the hands of strangers; Pray for us
Matthew Shepard; Pray for us
Our sisters and brothers who died in concentration camps; Pray for us
St. Anselm, who called another man “Beloved”; Pray for us
All those who died not knowing their worth; Pray for us
St. George, the androgynous warrior; Pray for us
Our sisters and brothers who died at the hands of loved ones; Pray for us
Mary, Mother of us all; Pray for us
Saints Perpetua and Felicity, who bestowed the kiss of peace on each other before being martyred; Pray for us
All Ye Holy Men and Women; Pray for us
Those taken from us by AIDS; Pray for us
St. John the Evangelist, who loved Christ fiercely; Pray for us
All Ye Holy Women and Men; Pray for us
Notes from Kittredge Cherry:
This prayer stunned me with its direct approach: Let’s just ask the queer saints to pray for us!
I have been blogging about LGBT saints since 2009, but I never thought of putting them into a traditional prayer format like this.
I was so moved by this prayer that I asked Dr. Rachel Waltz to let me share it on the Jesus in Love Blog. She wrote the prayer for Dignity, an organization supporting LGBT rights in the Roman Catholic Church. Thank you, Rachel, for permission to post your prayer here!
The standard Litany of the Saints is a formal prayer used in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox and Lutheran traditions. The usual version does address a few queer saints, including the same Perpetua and Felicity who are named in the Dignity version.
Visit the LGBT Saints page at jesusinlove.org/saints.php for more info on saints of special interest to queer people and our allies. It provides easy access to my profiles of 55 LGBT saints: 31 traditional Christian saints and 24 alternative figures. Along with the official saints, there are martyrs, prophets, mystics, witnesses, holy people, deities and religious figures of special interest to LGBTQ people and our allies.
Most of the icons shown can be purchased as cards, plaques, T-shirts, mugs, candles, and framed prints from TrinityStores.com.
"Harvey Milk of San Francisco" by Brother Robert Lentz, OFM, TrinityStores.com
"St. Joan of Arc" by Brother Robert Lentz, OFM, TrinityStores.com
"Saints Perpetua and Felicity" by Brother Robert Lentz, OFM, TrinityStores.com
“The Passion of Matthew Shepard” by William Hart McNichols © www.fatherbill.org
"Christ the Bridegroom" (John the Evangelist with Jesus) by Brother Robert Lentz, OFM, TrinityStores.com
Why we need LGBT saints (A queer theology of sainthood by Kittredge Cherry)
Rainbow Christ prayer (by Kittredge Cherry and Patrick Cheng)