Help, Save, Have Mercy on Us

A Collection of Prayers

The Litany of Chrysostom may be read or may be sung to this tune. Sometimes it is sung in a way that the word “Lord” overlaps between the cantor and congregation: “In peace, let us pray to the Lord, have mercy.” Graphics for use in service folders, with or without harmony, are provided below, along with a Word file.

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In peace let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the holy Churches of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For this holy house and for those who enter it with faith, reverence, and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

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Preserve Us from Faithless Fears

A Collection of Prayers

O most loving Father,
you want us to give thanks for all things,
to dread nothing but losing you,
and to cast all our anxiety on you
because you care for us.
Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties
and grant that no clouds of this mortal life
may hide from us the light of that love
which is immortal,
and which you have shown us
in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Source: William Bright

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern
by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 46 #2

“cast all our anxiety on you” is a reference to 1 Peter 5:7

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St. Patrick’s Breastplate

A Collection of Prayers

saint_patrick_28window29“Lorica” was originally the word for a breastplate that a Roman soldier would wear. Loricas were prayers for protection—sometimes praying for protection from every angle, or protection for every part of the body. St. Patrick’s Breastplate is also known as “The Lorica.”

I arise today
through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
through belief in the Threeness,
through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
through the strength of Christ’s birth and his baptism,
through the strength of his crucifixion and his burial,
through the strength of his resurrection and his ascension,
through the strength of his descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
through the strength of the love of cherubim,
in the obedience of angels,
in the service of archangels,
in the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
in the prayers of patriarchs,
in the predictions of prophets,

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All Things Are in Your Hands

AAFP President: Prepare Your Office for Novel CoronavirusGod most high and holy,
all things are in your hands.
Your holy Word invites us
to trust in you
and to be fearless
even when the earth gives way,
when the mountains fall into the sea,
when the waters roar and foam,
when nations are in an uproar,
and even in the valley of the shadow of death.

Hear the cries of your people
as we live in a world full of fear.

With your unlimited power,
with your boundless presence,
with your knowledge of all things,
fill our hearts
with your peace that surpasses understanding.

When things are uncertain,
and crises are unseen,
draw us to you,
to your certain Word and promise,
to your dear Son who suffered for us,
and to your enduring promise
never to leave us or forsake us.

Strengthen,
encourage
and uphold us
in these difficult
and confusing times.

Fill us with faith in you,
with desires to serve our neighbors in love,
and to be strong and take heart
as we wait for you to work your good purpose
for the good of those who love you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, A Collection of Prayers, March 16, 2020, during the COVID-19 / Corona Virus crisis.

A Pleading of the Passion

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

Our Father…

O Savior of the world, by your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us.
Save us and help us, O Lord.

Jesus, you gave your disciples your body about to be broken and your blood about to be shed;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, in agony of prayer you took the cup of pain;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, betrayed by a kiss;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, forsaken by your friends;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, denied by Peter;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, when bound before Caiaphas, you confessed yourself the Son of God;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, blindfolded, struck, and spat on;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, while your enemies raged with loud voices before the governor, you were silent;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, whom Herod mocked and arrayed in a magnificent robe;
Have mercy on us

Jesus, crowned with thorns;
Have mercy on us

Jesus, brought forth that all might behold their king;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, acclaimed by the people, “Crucify him! Crucify!”
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, rejected for Barabbas;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, condemned to death;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, scourged;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, you were led in shame along the way of sorrow;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, falling beneath the Cross;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, you came to Calvary amid shouts and weeping;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, stripped naked before the people;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, laid on the cross;
Have mercy on us.

By the nails through hands and feet;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your parched lips;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your ears filled with mockery and scorn;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By the forgiveness of your foes;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your promise to the repentant thief;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your love to your dear disciple;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your broken heart;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your soul all alone;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your spirit commended to your Father;
Good Lord, deliver us.

By your death;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From all evil and mischief; from sin, from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from your wrath, and from everlasting damnation;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From all blindness of heart; from pride, arrogance and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred and malice, and all unkindness;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From fornication and all other deadly sin; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From avoiding your service, and distrusting your love; from hatred of your cross and scorn of your passion;
Good Lord, deliver us.

Let us confess our sins, saying together :

We confess to God Almighty, 
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, 
before the whole company of heaven, 
that we have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed, 
through our fault, our own fault, our own most grievous fault; 
therefore we pray God to have mercy on us. 

May God Almighty have mercy on us, 
forgive us our sins, 
and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, and forgive you all your sins, deliver you from all evil, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to eternal life. Amen.

The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, absolution, and forgiveness of all your sins, time for true repentance, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his own blood and made us a kingdom and priests to God his Father—to + him be the glory and the power forever.  (Revelation 1:5-6) Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Cambridge Offices and Orisons, ed. Eric Milner-White, 1921. Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version. www.wartburgproject.org.

In an alternative litany form:

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

Our Father…

O Savior of the world, by your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us.
Save us and help us, O Lord.

Jesus, you gave your disciples your body about to be broken and your blood about to be shed;
Have mercy on us.

Jesus, in agony of prayer you took the cup of pain;
Jesus, betrayed by a kiss;
Jesus, forsaken by your friends;
Jesus, denied by Peter;
Jesus, when bound before Caiaphas, you confessed yourself the Son of God;
Jesus, blindfolded, struck, and spat on;
Jesus, while your enemies raged with loud voices before the governor, you were silent;
Jesus, whom Herod mocked and arrayed in a magnificent robe;
Jesus, crowned with thorns;
Jesus, brought forth that all might behold their king;
Jesus, acclaimed by the people, “Crucify him! Crucify!”
Jesus, rejected for Barabbas;
Jesus, condemned to death;
Jesus, scourged;
Jesus, you were led in shame along the way of sorrow;
Jesus, falling beneath the Cross;
Jesus, you came to Calvary amid shouts and weeping ;
Jesus, stripped naked before the people;
Jesus, laid on the cross;
Have mercy on us.

By the nails through hands and feet;
By your parched lips;
By your ears filled with mockery and scorn;
By the forgiveness of your foes;
By your promise to the repentant thief;
By your love to your dear disciple;
By your broken heart;
By your soul all alone;
By your spirit commended to your Father;
By your death;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From all evil and mischief; from sin, from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from your wrath, and from everlasting damnation;
From all blindness of heart; from pride, arrogance and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred and malice, and all unkindness;
From fornication and all other deadly sin; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil;
From avoiding your service, and distrusting your love; from hatred of your cross and scorn of your passion;
Good Lord, deliver us.

Let us confess our sins, saying together :

We confess to God Almighty, 
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, 
before the whole company of heaven, 
that we have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed, 
through our fault, our own fault, our own most grievous fault; 
therefore we pray God to have mercy on us. 

May God Almighty have mercy on us, 
forgive us our sins, 
and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, and forgive you all your sins, deliver you from all evil, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to eternal life. Amen.

The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, absolution, and forgiveness of all your sins, time for true repentance, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his own blood and made us a kingdom and priests to God his Father—to + him be the glory and the power forever.  (Revelation 1:5-6) Amen.

You Hate Nothing You Have Made

Almighty and eternal God,
you hate nothing you have made
and you forgive the sins of those who are penitent.
Create in us new and contrite hearts
that we truly repent of our sins,
acknowledge our wretchedness,
and obtain perfect forgiveness from you,
the God of all mercy;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Historic Collect for Ash Wednesday, Book of Common Prayer, 1549

Take My Soul into Your Hands

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O my heavenly Father,
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
God of all comfort,
I thank you for revealing to me
your dear Son, Jesus Christ,
in whom I believe,
whom I have preached and confessed,
whom I have loved and praised.

I pray, my Lord Jesus Christ,
take my soul into your hands.

Heavenly Father,
I know that
although I will live this body
and be taken from this life,
I will live with you forever,
and that no one can pluck me
out of your hands.

God so loved the world
that he gave his only-begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish,
but have eternal life.

Our God is the God of salvation,
and the Lord delivers from death.

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
You have redeemed me, O Lord, the God of truth.

Source: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther by Ernst August Brueggeman

 

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