Litany of the Ascension


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

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

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, King of glory, you led your disciples as far as to Bethany and ascended into heaven in their sight, have mercy.
Jesus, Lord and Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, Prince and Savior, have mercy.
Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, have mercy.
Jesus, you ascended far above all heavens, that you might fill all things and be head over all things for the good of your Church, have mercy.
Jesus, you ascended to your Father and our Father, to your God and our God, have mercy.
Jesus, you led captivity captive and gave gifts to your people, have mercy.
Jesus, you are at the right hand of God exalted far above all rule, authority, power and dominion, and above every name that is given, have mercy.

Jesus, at your name every knee must bow, have mercy.
Jesus, you are seated in glory at the right hand of the Father, have mercy.
Jesus, to you all power is given in heaven and in earth, have mercy.
Jesus, in your sacred humanity you are crowned with glory and honor at the right hand of the Majesty on high, have mercy.
Jesus, you must reign until you have put all enemies under your feet and your kingdom shall have no end, have mercy.

Jesus, you are adored by all the angels of God, have mercy.
Jesus, you are anointed with the oil of joy more than any of your companions, have mercy.
Jesus, you are the happiness of the blessed and your presence is life, have mercy.
Jesus, you have opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers, have mercy.
Jesus, our High Priest forever, the Mediator of the new covenant, you have entered into the true Holy of Holies, heaven itself, for us, have mercy.
Jesus, Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, the one Propitiation for our sins forever, have mercy.
Jesus, you live forever to make intercession for us, always pleading your precious sacrifice before your Father for us, have mercy.
Jesus, you are able to completely save all who come to God through you, have mercy.

Jesus, you sent your Holy Spirit on your disciples and promised whatever we ask in your name, you will do it, have mercy.
Jesus, you have gone up to heaven, and yet, by the power of the Holy Spirit, are really present with us in the Sacrament of the Altar, have mercy.
Jesus, you have gone to prepare a place for us, have mercy.
Jesus, you will come again in glory to judge the world, have mercy.
Jesus, you will receive your own to yourself, that they may be with you where you are to behold your glory, have mercy.
By your glorious resurrection and ascension, good Lord, deliver us.
By your all powerful intercession, good Lord, deliver us.
By your triumphant majesty and power, good Lord, deliver us.

We sinners pray, hear us, Lord Jesus.

That we who are risen with you may set our hearts on things above, not on earthly things, hear us, good Lord.
That we, whom you have blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, may be holy and blameless before you in love, hear us, good Lord.
That now, when the world sees you no more, we see you by faith and live through you, hear us, good Lord.
That we may remain in your love by keeping your commandments, hear us, good Lord.
That through the power of the Comforter you would abide with us and show yourself to us, hear us, good Lord.
That the Spirit of Truth may testify about you and may take what is yours and reveal it to us, hear us, good Lord.
That in your spiritual presence with us our heart may rejoice with the joy no one can take from us, hear us, good Lord.

That in you we may have peace, hear us, good Lord.
That in the trouble we have in the world we may be courageous, knowing that you have overcome the world, hear us, good Lord.
That while we are in the world, you intercede for us, and the eternal Father will preserve from all evil and sanctify us through his Word of Truth, hear us, good Lord.
That, as you and the Father are One, so all your people may inwardly and outwardly be one in you, hear us, good Lord.
That the world may believe that the Father sent you, and may know you and your almighty love, hear us, good Lord.
That you would draw all people to yourself, hear us, good Lord.
That you would generously pour out your Holy Spirit on your Church, hear us, good Lord.
That you would quicken the whole body of your Church by the power of your Holy Spirit, hear us, good Lord.
That you would especially bless your ministers with the Spirit of power, love and peace, and that you would give them the gifts of courage, faithfulness and zeal, hear us, good Lord.
That you would increase the number of your ministers and stir up all your people to love and to good works, hear us, good Lord.
That you would preserve your Church from the powers of the world and from all its enemies, hear us, good Lord.
That you would give your Church purity, unity, liberty and peace, and every needful means to do its proper work, hear us, good Lord.
That you would soon fill up the number of your elect and bring to fulfillment your kingdom of glory, hear us, good Lord.

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

God has gone up with a shout. Alleluia!
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Alleluia!

Our Father…

Let us pray.

O Lord, in your mercy help us as we pray, and just as we believe the Savior of the world is seated with you in your majesty, we may also be assured that he dwells with us as he has promised, even to the end of the age; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Freely modified from The Treasury of Devotion: A Manual of Prayer for General and Daily Use, 1869, edited by T. T. Carter, 1808-1901.

NEW! Christian Prayer

MockupFrom the Preface

It is said that when Martin Luther was dying, a slip of paper was found in his pocket on which he had scribbled, “Truly we are all beggars.” By definition, prayer is asking or begging. In all our abundance, we are tempted to forget that—and to forget prayer altogether.

Long ago I took a class, “The Theology and Practice of Prayer,” and a native African pastor in the class asked, “Why do you need a book to pray?” No one really needs a book to pray. We have examples of written prayers in the Old Testament with the psalms which have been called the Bible’s song and prayer book. We have the example of Jesus himself giving the Lord’s Prayer: once saying “Pray like this…” (Matthew 6:9) and another time saying, “When you pray, say ‘Our Father…” (Luke 11:2). So there is a biblical precedent for written and memorized prayer.

This book strives to bring together the best classic prayers and rites from many sources and arranges them for personal devotion. Most of the prayers are gathered from Christians of the past as a source of prayer for Christians today. Thus, the title Christian Prayer.

This prayer book can also be used for group or congregational worship. The topical prayers can be used as intercessions in corporate worship. The confessions and absolutions and the litanies can be read alone, but they are printed so they can be used with a leader and group.

This book contains texts or basic outlines for the main services of the church, the Divine Service, and Matins and Vespers, along with Prime and Compline modified from our publication The Antiphonary of Bangor and The Divine Offices of Bangor.

The topical prayers drew from many sources, all updated in language and edited for consistency.

Seasonal Devotions and Home Liturgies are short rites can be used by families or small groups to observe days and seasons that may not always be celebrated in corporate worship, and some that may establish new traditions in the home. Lighting of an Advent Wreath, Blessing of a Nativity Scene, Chalking the Door for Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Days of Holy Week, Easter Eve and All Saints Day. As this book is being prepared, (April and May of 2020) we are being made painfully aware of the need for worship materials in the home.

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Father of Mercies, Come to My Help

A Collection of Prayers


Almighty God,
Father of mercies
and God of all comfort,
come to my help
and deliver me from
this difficulty that besets me.
I believe Lord,
that all trials of life
are under your care
and that all things work
for the good of those who love you.
Take away from me fear,
anxiety and distress.
Help me to face and endure my difficulty
with faith, courage and wisdom.
Grant that this trial
may bring me closer to you
for you are my rock and refuge,
my comfort and hope,
my delight and joy.
I trust in your love and compassion.
Blessed is your name,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and forever.

Source: Orthodox prayer, slightly modified from

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A Prayer in Need: Lord, Have Mercy

A Collection of Prayers

Lord, have mercy.

In all our needs…
In all all our hurts…
In all our anxiety…

Lord, have mercy.

With all our questions…
With all we know…
With all we don’t know…

Lord, have mercy.

For healing…
For peace…
For a stronger trust in your Word and promise…

Lord, have mercy.

To calm our doubts…
To soothe our fears…
To bear our griefs and carry our sorrows…

Lord, have mercy.

Help, save, comfort, forgive, strengthen and heal us by your grace.


Source: Free prayer, reproduced from memory. © 2017 Paul C. Stratman. Some influence from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

Quote: “When ‘Lord, have mercy’ is all you can say, it’s what you must say.”

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A Litany

A Collection of Prayers

Do not remember, Lord, our offences or the offences of our forefathers,
and do not take vengeance for our sins:
Spare us, good Lord.

Spare your servants, whom you have redeemed with your most precious blood,
and do not be angry with us forever:
Spare us, O Lord.

From the guilt and burden of our sins,
from the stings and terrors of conscience,
from the illusions and assaults of the enemy,
and from the bitter pains of eternal death:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From all impatience under your discipline,
from dejection of spirit and lack of trust in your mercies,
from the fear of death,
and from the terrors of judgment:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By your many and great mercies,
by the all sufficient merits of your blessed Son, Jesus Christ,
by his agony and bloody sweat,
by his bitter cross and passion,
by his glorious resurrection and ascension,

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