Suffrage of Saint Athanasius


O best of Doctors, light of Holy Church, blessed Athanasius, lover of God’s law; pray for us to the Son of God. (Alleluia)
V. Iustum dedúxit Dóminus per vias rectas. (P. T. Allelúia) V. Our Lord hath guided the just by right ways. (Alleluia)
R. Et osténdit illi regnum Dei. (P. T. Allelúia) R. And showed him the kingdom of God. (Alleluia)


Orémus. Let us pray.

Exáudi, quǽsumus Dómine, preces nostras, quas in beáti Athanásii Confessóris tui atque Pontíficis commemoratióne deférimus: et qui tibi digne méruit famulári, eius intercedéntibus méritis, ab ómnibus nos absólve peccátis. Per Dóminum nostrum Iesum Christum, Fílium tuum: Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti Deus, per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum.

Graciously listen, we beseech thee, O Lord, to the prayers we offer up in commemoration of blessed Athanasius, thy Confessor and Bishop: him thou didst find worthy to render acceptable service to thee; appealed to by his merits, do thou free us from all sin. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, who lives and reigns with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

(A suffrage is a short intercessory prayer said to both honor the subject and beg for their heavenly aid. Often said as personal devotions—several one after another. In previous times a number were mandated at the conclusion of Lauds and Vespers, and it matches the traditional form of commemoration of feasts in the Divine Office (Antiphon, Versicle and Prayer).)