Litany of the Passion (4)

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

God the Father in heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
From all evil, Jesus, deliver us.

From sudden, unprepared, or evil death,
from the snares of the devil,
from anger, hatred, or ill will,
from eternal death, Jesus, deliver us.

By the mystery of your holy incarnation,
by your holy life and work,
by your bitter passion and death,
by your agony and bloody sweat,
by your fervent prayer,
by the submission of your human will,
by your bonds and stripes,
by your holy body beaten and smitten,
by your cruel mocking and scourging,
by the spitting in your face,
by the false judgment pronounced on you by Caiaphas,
by being disregarded by Herod,
by your painful crown of thorns,
by the purple robe and mockery,
by your unjust condemnation,
by your bearing of the cross,
by your footprints traced in blood,
by the tearing off of your garments,
by the straining of your limbs,
by your dread crucifixion,
by the raising of your cross,
by the anguish you suffered,
by the insults you endured,
by your prayers and tears,
by the shedding of your holy, precious blood,
by your patience and humility,
by loving us to the end, Jesus, deliver us.

We sinners pray, hear us, Lord Jesus.

That being dead to sin, we may live for righteousness,
that we may not boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that we may take up our crosses daily and follow you,
that your blood may cleanse us from dead works, to serve the living God,
that following your example, we may walk as you walked,
that sharing in your sufferings, we may also share of your glory, Jesus, hear us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, spare us, Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, graciously hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

We adore you, Jesus, and we bless you.
By your cross and passion you have redeemed the world.

Remember your mercy, Lord,
and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.

Lord, hear my prayer,
and let my cries come before you.

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

Our Father…

Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, you were lifted up on the cross for the redemption of the world, and you shed your blood for the forgiveness of our sins. By virtue of the merits of your most holy life, passion and death, let us enter the gates of paradise with joy; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Source: Modified from Litany of the Passion in The Priest’s Prayerbook, 1906.

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

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