QUAERITUR: “Litanies of the Love of God” by St. Pius V

A friend here in NYC asked an interesting question yesterday.  I want to enlist the help of other readers to come up with the answer.

Here are the basics.  Apparently Pope Pius V wrote a "Litanies of the Love of God".   My friend has it in Spanish.  It must have been written in Latin, but he can’t find the text.

Can anyone help?

Here is what I received from my friend via email.

I’d like to ask you to see if you can find the Latin version of the Litanies of the Love of God prayer composed by St. Pius V. I only have it in Spanish.
These are the Litanies:
by the Holy Pontiff of the Rosary, the immortal Dominican St. Pius V
Vos que Sois el Amor Infinito ***
Vos que me habeis prevenido por Vuestro Amor.
Vos que me mandais amarOs.
Con todo mi corazón.
Con toda mi alma.
Con todo mi espíritu.
Con todas mis fuerzas.


 ¡Oh! Dios que poseéis en una abundancia incomprensible todo lo que puede para siempre ser perfecto y digno de amor, extinguid en mí todo amor culpable, sensual y desarreglado por las criaturas, y encended en mi corazón el fuego purísimo de Vuestro Amor, a fin de que no ame sino a Vos, o por Vos, hasta que siendo en fin consumido por Vuestro Santo Amor, vaya a amarOs eternamente con los elegidos en el Cielo. Así sea.

Any ideas?


It may have been Pius VI.

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  1. http://www.fisheaters.com/litanysacredheart.html

    This provides Latin and English. The English is on the top of the page, Latin is on the bottom.

    I had never heard of this litany before, but it is beautiful.

  2. woops! wrong one! sorry.

  3. sjg4080 says:

    Hmmm…I have found some English versions, and I think the Litany might have been composed by Pius VI, Father. But so far, no luck on the Latin.

  4. jmvbxx says:

    I found this link for the English version:


  5. jmvbxx says:

    Follow-up .. it appears it was Pope Pius VI who wrote it.

  6. Here it is in English: http://www.catholictradition.org/Litanies/litany99.htm
    The above one says: “For Private Use Only.” ??
    The same is said here: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=103




    …I am unable to find it in Latin… but I’ll be searching, and I’ll let you know what I find… does it go by another name ever?

  7. Let’s see if we can find it in Latin.

  8. Thomas S says:

    What’s with the guy being racked in the painting behind St. Pius V?

    Is the painting actually supposed to “paint” the pope in a negative light? (Not by your intent, Fr. Z., but by the artist perhaps?)

  9. rinkevichjm says:

    If you find it in Latin please see if Michael Martin at Thesaurus Precum Latinarum will add it his online treasury of prayers.

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