The Divine Praises (Blessed be God) - a prayer

The Divine Praises (Laudes Divinae) is an 18th-century prayer.  It is traditionally recited during Benediction - but can be used at other times, either in a group or individually.

The prayer was written in Italian by Jesuit priest Luigi Felici SJ (1736–1818) in 1797. It is intended for making reparation after saying or hearing sacrilege or blasphemy / mis-use of the name of Jesus.

It was expanded by Pope Pius VII in 1801, and at some point was translated into English, Latin (and likely various other languages) - the translator(s) are unknown.   The English version is sometimes just called "The Blessed be God".


The prayer is traditionally said by having a leader say each line and for the congregation to repeat it - and in this manner,.no visual aids or printed text is necessary (except for the leader).

However other format can be used: the Divine Praises can by prayed individually, or used as the basis of group meditation supported by images and other aids - or in any other way.


These sets of PowerPoint slides are useful when you want to share the text of the prayer with a group of people.
  • The simplest ones spreads the prayer over the smallest number of slides while keeping the font large enough to be read in most circumstances.
  • The second file has each line of the prayer in plain format: if it is included into other slideshows, it can take on the formatting applied there.
  • The largest file has one line per slide, accompanied by an image which matches that line. The pictures used are all in the public-domain (based their being made available from various website under CC0 licences - usually because their creators are long-since deceased). Each image is chosen to reflect the idea in that line of the prayer.   They may be other images which are more suitable for your community:   please adapt the presentation as required.

Text of the prayer - the Divine Praises in English

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Amen.

Text of the prayer Laudes Divinae - in Latin

Benedictus Deus.
Benedictum Nomen Sanctum eius.
Benedictus Iesus Christus, verus Deus et verus homo.
Benedictum Nomen Iesu.
Benedictum Cor eius sacratissimum.
Benedictus Sanguis eius pretiosissimus.
Benedictus Iesus in sanctissimo altaris Sacramento.
Benedictus Sanctus Spiritus, Paraclitus.
Benedicta excelsa Mater Dei, Maria sanctissima.
Benedicta sancta eius et immaculata Conceptio.
Benedicta eius gloriosa Assumptio.
Benedictum nomen Mariae, Virginis et Matris.
Benedictus sanctus Ioseph, eius castissimus Sponsus.
Benedictus Deus in Angelis suis, et in Sanctis suis. Amen.

See also

Share this Post


HTML link code:

BB (forum) link code:

Subscribe to

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for commenting. All comments on this website are moderated, so there will be a delay until yours is shown. Deo gratias.