How To Pray The Litany Of Humility And Trust
“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”
One of the most beautiful prayers in Catholicism is this prayer before Communion, which evokes the words of the Roman Centurion (Matthew 8:8). It’s a prayer of complete and utter humility, which acknowledges our unworthiness prior to receiving the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
In receiving Holy Communion, our bodies become living Tabernacles, where God dwells physically within. As the first living Tabernacle, Mary is the prototype for all believers, as her humility and trust in the Lord is reflected in her consecration to God.
“Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” — Luke 1:38
Through her “yes” to God in the prayer above, Mary became the first disciple of Christ and it was through her faith that the New Covenant was inaugurated. Admirably, Mary’s total abandonment to divine providence gives us insight into how Mary surrendered her entire life completely to the will of God. To give your life completely to Jesus is to make Mary’s prayer, your prayer. God invites us to pray the same prayer of humility, meditating upon the depths of Mary’s trust in the Lord.
It is only through humility that we realise that we are not enough and choose to put our trust in a God who is enough. Humility opens up the door to God, yet trusting in God is like handing Him the keys to your life. It’s not easy to grow in humility and trust, yet both are essential for faith.
"The father instantly cried out, "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!" — Mark 9:24
As you walk with the Lord, there will be seasons where you might struggle with pride and envy or perhaps will need help overcoming your unbelief. In those seasons, I invite you to pray the Litany of Humility and the Litany of Trust.
The Litany Of Humility:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” — Philippians 2:3-4
The Litany of Humility is a two-fold prayer, that will challenge you to desire humility more deeply and profoundly. The first half is for deliverance from insecurities rooted in pride and selfish ambition, whilst the second half is for the grace to cultivate a humble heart.
Note: You might read this prayer and it might make you feel uncomfortable but spiritual discomfort produces spiritual growth.
The Litany Of Trust:
"But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." — Jeremiah 17:7
The Litany of Trust is a beautiful prayer composed by Sister Faustina Maria Pia, S.V. Similar to the Litany of Humility, the first half of the prayer asks for deliverance from ours fears, anxieties and disbelief, whilst the second half of the prayer affirms our trust in the Lord.
How To Pray The Litany:
There are a few different ways to pray the Litany of Humility and the Litany of Trust.
Make praying the litany a consistent habit before studying the Word.
Meditate on a line or two and ponder, like Mary, on the depth of its meaning throughout the day.
Find Scripture verses that relate to each line in the prayer.
Pray the Litany with a friend :)
If you desire to spiritually grow and cultivate the virtues of humility and trust in the Lord, I truly encourage you to pray these prayers...