A Litany for Mercy

Turn away, O Lord, the fierceness of your wrath, and in pity spare your people,
have mercy.

Grant a favorable and speedy answer to the prayers of all,
have mercy.

O Christ, look on our hardships, free us from the bonds of death, and grant us life,
have mercy.

See our tears–hear our sighs, and now, at last, in pity, forgive our sins,
have mercy.

Though none of us are worthy to be heard, O Christ, for your own sake help us,
have mercy. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Breviary

Source of this version: Prayers of the Middle Ages: Light from a Thousand Years,  J. Manning Potts, Ed. Nashville, Tennessee: The Upper Room, © 1954 (Public domain in the U.S.)

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

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