The General Suffrages


Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

PRECES (Responsive Verses)

I said, “Lord, have mercy on me.
Heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.”
 (Psalm 41:4)

Turn, O Lord! How long!
Change your mind toward your servants. (Psalm 90:13)

May your mercy, O Lord, be on us,
even as we wait confidently for you.
 (Psalm 33:22)

May your servants be clothed with righteousness.
May your favored ones shout for joy.
 (Psalm 132:9)

Lord, save our rulers!
Answer us in the day we call! (Psalm 20:9)

Save your people, and bless the people that belong to you.
Shepherd them, and carry them forever.
 (Psalm 28:9)

Remember your community that you purchased long ago,
the tribe that you redeemed to be your possession. 
(Psalm 74:2)

May there be peace within your fortifications,
prosperity within your citadels. (Psalm 122:7)

Let us pray for our absent brothers and sisters:
Save your servants, who trust in you—you are their God. (Psalm 86:2)

Let us pray for the brokenhearted and the captives:
Redeem Israel, O God, from all its distress! (Psalm 25:22)

May he send you help from the holy place.
May he support you from Zion. (Psalm 20:2)

Lord, hear my prayer,
and let my cry for help come to you.
(Psalm 102:1)


Here Psalm 130, De Profundis (Morning Prayer) or Psalm 51, Miserere Mei (Evening Prayer) may be read responsively.

God of Armies, restore us, and make your face shine,
so we will be saved. (Psalm 80:7)

Rise up, O Christ, come to our help!
Redeem us because of your mercy. (Psalm 44:26)

Lord, hear my prayer,
and let my cry for help come to you.
(Psalm 102:1)


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray.

Prayers may be prayed here, concluding with the Prayer for Peace.


Give peace in our days, O Lord,
for there is no one but you who fights for us, O God.

May there be peace within your fortifications,
prosperity within your citadels. (from Psalm 122:7)

O God, all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works come from you. Give your servants that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments. Defend us from the fear of our enemies, that we may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.

Let us praise the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


The grace of our Lord + Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

See also…
Morning Suffrages
Evening Suffrages
The Itinerarium

This version of the suffrages combines elements from Common Service Book (1919) and The Lutheran Hymnal (1941)

Scripture is from the Evangelical Heritage Version (

Creed is from Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, © 1993 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisc. U.S.A.

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Lutheran pastor and musician serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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