Litany for the Sick

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

Be gracious to him. Spare him, good Lord.
Be gracious to him. Help him, good Lord.
From all sin, good Lord, deliver him.

From all unbelief and doubt,
from your just and dreadful wrath,
from all plots and assaults of the devil,
from the fear of eternal death,
from the anguish and pains of hell,
and from all evil, defend him, good Lord.

By your holy nativity,
by your agony and bloody sweat,
by your cross and passion,
by your glorious resurrection and ascension, help him, good Lord.

In the hour of death,
and in the day of judgment, help him, good Lord.

That you would give him health of body and soul,
that he may confidently look to your fatherly goodness for whatever is needed,
that he may call on you in true faith,
that your good angel may defend, direct and conduct him  in all his ways,
that in steadfast faith he may withstand and overcome all temptation,
that he may commend himself, body and soul, to your will,
that he may truly now and sincerely repent of all his sins, hear us, good Lord.

That he may find comfort in your goodness and mercy,
that he may willingly forgive all his enemies and persecutors,
that he may turn away from all desires and pleasures of the world,
that his desire may be for you and the treasures of your heavenly kingdom,
that he may await his last hour in patience,
that he may commit his spirit into your hands,
that his departure may be in peace,
that he may have a part in the resurrection to life,
that he may meet his Lord with joy,
that he may live forever in your kingdom,
Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on him.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on him.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on him.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant him your peace. Amen

Everlasting God, merciful Father, you tenderly care for us in our need and sorrow, and you allowed your Son to be tempted in every way as we are, yet he was without sin, that we might have a merciful and faithful High Priest who knows our weakness. We your children pray for our afflicted brother, who lies under your mighty hand. Do not deal with him in judgment for his sins but strengthen and comfort him  by your Holy Spirit with faith and patience, that his sickness may be to your glory and for the salvation of his soul; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Source: 16th century Kirchenordnung, the Church Book, in Oremus, 1925, ed. by Paul Zeller Strodach, freeely modified.

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

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