Litany to Blessed Eusebius

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Blessed Eusebius.

The following text and litany to Blessed Eusebius are reproduced here directly from the Order’s Prayer Book.

Life of Blessed Eusebius

Blessed Eusebius is considered a co-founder of the Order of the Brothers of St. Paul the First Hermit. From his initiatives, the Pauline Order began to exist in Hungary in 1250. It was created from the two joined monasteries of hermits living in the Danube River forests: the Monastery of St. Jacob, situated upon the hill of Patacs and the Monastery of the Holy Cross. Blessed Eusebius, a Canon of Esztergom (lat. Strigonium) during the invasion of Turks in 1241, running for his life, found safety in the forests of Pecs, where he encountered many saintly men living individually in seclusion. In 1246 he gathered them together in the Monastery of the Holy Cross. By doing this, he laid the foundation for the religious community that lived under the rule of Bishop Bartholomew.

He was the first provincial of the new Order, which since 1250 has accepted a title: “Order of the Brothers of St. Paul the First Hermit.” In 1263 at the first General Chapter, this title was approved, and in 1308 sanctioned by Pope Clement V and conveyed to them by Cardinal Gentilis. Because of his efforts to establish and gain approval from the Holy See of the new religious community and his saintly life, Eusebius has enjoyed great popularity among the faithful since his death in 1270. They venerated him like a canonized Saint. His labours produced many blessed fruits of holiness in the many members of the Order he founded. In popular devotion, he is invoked as “Blessed.”

Litany of Blessed Eusebius

Blessed Eusebius
Blessed Eusebius

Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy, Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy.
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, Mother of God, Pray for us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Hermits,
Father Eusebius, glory of the Pauline Order,
Father Eusebius, example of piety from the days of your youth,
Father Eusebius, lover of silence and solitude,
Father Eusebius, adoring the Most Blessed Sacrament in isolation,
Father Eusebius, called to the eremitical life,
Father Eusebius, having miraculous visions,
Father Eusebius, faithful priest of Mother Church,
Father Eusebius, Canon of Estergom,
Father Eusebius, honour of the Hungarian people,
Father Eusebius, great treasure of the poor,
Father Eusebius, angel of purity,
Father Eusebius, inflamed with divine love,
Father Eusebius, living spring of humility,
Father Eusebius, example of perfect poverty,
Father Eusebius, untiring in the practice of penance,
Father Eusebius, a true devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Father Eusebius, faithful disciple of St. Paul and St. Anthony,
Father Eusebius, blooming lily of the desert,
Father Eusebius, enamoured of the Word of God,
Father Eusebius, sign of unity for hermits and monks,
Father Eusebius, renovator of the eremitical life,
Father Eusebius, great lesson of perseverance,
Father Eusebius, spurning everything for God,
Father Eusebius, loving all people,
Father Eusebius, perfect follower of Christ,
Father Eusebius, sanctified by a life of prayer,
Father Eusebius, contrite for sins at the hour of death,
Father Eusebius, ideal of union with God,
Father Eusebius, joy of Angels,
Father Eusebius, adoring the Face of God,

That we may persevere in faith, hope and love, Intercede to God for us.
That we may imitate the humility, obedience and justice of Jesus Christ,
That we may learn to discern perfectly good from evil,
That we may daily examine our consciences,
That we may sympathize with the poor and suffering,
That we may often renew ourselves in the Sacrament of Penance,
That we may use well our gifts and talents,
That we may discover the value of prayer and sacrifice,
That we may contemplate the Face of God someday,

Let us pray:
O God, Almighty Father, you have shown your boundless mercy and abundance of graces to our Father Blessed Eusebius, by allowing him to serve you in solitude and contemplation. We ask you humbly, through his intercession, to inflame us with the flame of your divine love, that following his example, we may honour you all the days of our life. Through Christ our Lord.