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.

Easter Tuesday

Almighty God,
through the resurrection of your Son
you secured peace for our troubled conscience.
Always give us this peace,
that in the merit of your Son
we may finally come to the perfect peace of heaven;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Adapted from The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941

Almighty God,
you bestowed on us the Paschal mysteries
as the token of the covenant of humanity’s redemption.
Give us the will to show forth in our lives
what we profess with our lips;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Adapted from The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941

O almighty and eternal God,
through the resurrection of your Son
you sealed the covenant of man’s reconciliation.
As we rejoice in your covenant grace,
may we show forth in our lives
what we profess with our lips;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Adapted from The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941

Easter Monday

O God,
in the Paschal feast
you bestowed restoration on the world.
Continue to give your people your heavenly gifts
that they may attain to perfect freedom
and advance to life eternal;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Latin original, adapted from The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941

O God,
through the resurrection of your Son
you bestowed life and freedom on the world.
Continue to give these your gifts to your people
that they may walk in perfect freedom
and receive life eternal;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Source: Latin original, adapted from The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941

Responsory based on Revelation 21:3

A Responsory is a collection of Scripture passages that are sung or read. A leader reads, the group responds, responds with part of a previous statement, part of the Gloria Patri doxology, and a third repetition, or in some cases a new responsive verse. Responsories were an option in Matins and Vespers. See this article in Wikipedia.

Look! God’s dwelling is with people. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people.  Revelation 21:3

Look! God’s dwelling is with people. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people. 

God himself will be with them,

…and they will be his people. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Look! God’s dwelling is with people. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people.

Source: Based on a responsory in Cambridge Offices and Orisons, ed. Eric Milner-White, 1921. Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version. www.wartburgproject.org.

Responsory Based on Philippians 2:1

A Responsory is a collection of Scripture passages that are sung or read. A leader reads, the group responds, responds with part of a previous statement, part of the Gloria Patri doxology, and a third repetition, or in some cases a new responsive verse. Responsories were an option in Matins and Vespers. See this article in Wikipedia.

If there is any fellowship with the Spirit, be like-minded, having the same love.
If there is any fellowship with the Spirit, be like-minded, having the same love. Philippians 2:1a

If there is any affection and compassion, Philippians 2:1b
…be like-minded, having the same love.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
If there is any fellowship with the Spirit, be like-minded, having the same love.

Let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
to which you were also called, in one body. Colossians 3:15

Source: Based on a responsory in Cambridge Offices and Orisons, ed. Eric Milner-White, 1921. Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version. www.wartburgproject.org.

Responsory Based on Romans 12:2

A Responsory is a collection of Scripture passages that are sung or read. A leader reads, the group responds, responds with part of a previous statement, part of the Gloria Patri doxology, and a third repetition, or in some cases a new responsive verse. Responsories were an option in Matins and Vespers. See this article in Wikipedia.

Do not continue to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Romans 12:2

Do not continue to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

That God would strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner self, Ephesians 3:16

…by the renewal of your mind.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Do not continue to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  2 Corinthians 5:17

The former things have passed away. Look, our Lord is making everything new! Revelation 21:4-5

Source: Based on a responsory in Cambridge Offices and Orisons, ed. Eric Milner-White, 1921. Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version. www.wartburgproject.org.

Epiphany Prayer

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O Lord Jesus Christ, heavenly King, we thank you that you have brought both Jews and Gentiles to hear your voice, and from their number you have gathered and established your Holy Church, and perfected your praise out of their mouths. Keep us in that wisdom which you revealed to the Wise Men. Grant us your Holy Spirit, that we may always seek you and your kingdom. Enable us to follow your holy Word, as those from the East followed the leading of a star. Give us grace at all times and in all places to confess your holy name. Rule us by your Spirit, so that the joys of your birth may increase in us. Hear our prayers and cries. Accept our offerings, which you yourself have given us: the gold of our faith, the incense of our prayers and the myrrh of our contrite hearts. Deliver us from the destructive ways of error and sin, and by your Holy Spirit lead us in the ways of peace and in the paths of righteousness. Grant us all, when this life is done, a participation in the joys of the Year of Jubilee in heaven, where we shall praise and serve you and the Father who live and reign in unity with the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Wilhelm Loehe, in Liturgy for Christian Congregations of the Lutheran Faith, 1902

 

 

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Litany of the Incarnation

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Holy are you, O God, holy, Creator, Father most holy:
Have mercy on us.

Holy are you, O God, holy, most mighty, holy Incarnate:
Have mercy on us.

Holy are you, O God, holy, immortal, holy Life-giver:
Have mercy on us.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward mankind.

By the angel’s greeting,
grant us your peace.

By Mary’s glad obedience,
grant us your peace.

By the endless joy of Christmas,
grant us your peace.

By the love your mother Mary showed you,
grant us your peace.

By your lowly birth and lodging,
grant us your peace.

By your bed in a manger,
grant us your peace.

By the song of herald angels,
grant us your peace.

By the worship of poor shepherds,
grant us your peace.

By the offering of the Wise Men,
grant us your peace.

By your holy name of Jesus,
grant us your peace.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward mankind.

Hear your children, O Lord God, and grant that the glad light of the Incarnation may shine throughout the world;
Son of Man, hear us.

That the gospel of your love may win the faith and worship of all hearts;
Son of Man, hear us.

That all kinds of people may know and find their unity at Bethlehem;
Son of Man, hear us.

That the questions of all minds and the desires of all souls may find their peace at Bethlehem:
Son of Man, hear us.

That your birth as truly human may hallow the life of all humanity:
Son of Man, hear us.

That we may ever wear in honor the robe of flesh you have worn:
Son of Man, hear us.

That you for whom an inn could find no room may not again be crowded from our lives:
Son of Man, hear us.

That you for whom a stable-place sufficed will also dwell within our hearts:
Son of Man, hear us.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward mankind.

Therefore with angels and archangels, with patriarchs and prophets, with Mary and Joseph, with Wise Men and shepherds, with all people and all creatures, let us bless the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest.

For to us a child is born. To us a son is given. The authority to rule will rest on his shoulders;
Hosanna in the highest.

He will be named: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace;
Hosanna in the highest.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God;
Hosanna in the highest.

The Word became flesh and dwelled among us.
Hosanna in the highest.

We have seen his glory, the glory he has as the only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth;
Hosanna in the highest.

God the Father, our maker,
God the + Son, born among us,
God the Holy Spirit, sanctifying us,
bless, preserve, and keep us, evermore and evermore. Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Cambridge Offices and Orisons, Eric Milner-White, B. T. D. Smith, 1921

Note: The listing of various events in the life of Christ and the prayer for Christ to give us peace by them is a common feature of many litanies. As we meditate on these events and truths we read and hear from God’s Word, his gospel does indeed grant us peace.

The phrase: “That you for whom a stable-place sufficed…” is taken from stanza 2 of the carol, “In the Bleak Midwinter.”

The phrase: “…evermore and evermore” is from the ancient Christmas hymn “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.”

Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version. www.wartburgproject.org.

The original in traditional English can be found here: https://tonusperegrinus.blogspot.com/2017/12/a-litany-of-incarnation.html

Modified format:

Holy are you, O God, holy, Creator, Father most holy: have mercy.
Holy are you, O God, holy, most mighty, holy Incarnate: have mercy.
Holy are you, O God, holy, immortal, holy Life-giver: have mercy.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward mankind.

By the angel’s greeting,
by Mary’s glad obedience,
by the endless joy of Christmas,
by the love your mother Mary showed you,
by your lowly birth and lodging,
by your bed in a manger,
by the song of herald angels,
by the worship of poor shepherds,
by the offering of the Wise Men,
by your holy name of Jesus: grant us your peace.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward mankind.

Hear your children, O Lord God, and grant
that the glad light of the Incarnation may shine throughout the world,
that the gospel of your love may win the faith and worship of all hearts,
that all kinds of people may know and find their unity at Bethlehem,
that the questions of all minds and the desires of all souls may find their peace at Bethlehem,
that your birth as truly human may hallow the life of all humanity,
that we may ever wear in honor the robe of flesh you have worn,
that you for whom an inn could find no room may not again be crowded from our lives,
that you for whom a stable-place sufficed will also dwell within our hearts: Son of Man, hear us.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward mankind.

Therefore with angels and archangels,
with patriarchs and prophets,
with Mary and Joseph,
with Wise Men and shepherds,
with all people and all creatures,
let us bless the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

For to us a child is born.
To us a son is given.
The authority to rule will rest on his shoulders: Hosanna in the highest.

He will be named:
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace: Hosanna in the highest.

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God: Hosanna in the highest.

The Word became flesh and dwelled among us: Hosanna in the highest.

We have seen his glory,
the glory he has as the only-begotten from the Father,
full of grace and truth: Hosanna in the highest.

God the Father, our maker,
God the + Son, born among us,
God the Holy Spirit, sanctifying us,
bless, preserve, and keep us, evermore and evermore. Amen.

Litany of Thanksgiving

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.

O God, you have decreed from eternity to do good to us,
you have employed your power, wisdom, and love for our benefit,
moment by moment you bestow new blessings on us,
you have not withdrawn your generous hand from us; have mercy on us.

Because you have made us in your own image,
because you have raised us up to a goal beyond this life,
because you have given us an immortal soul,
because you have made it possible to know you, love you, and enjoy you forever,
because you have given so many creatures for our service,
because you have kept and nourished us to this day in your fatherly goodness,
because you have given us the holy apostles as our shepherds and teachers,
because you have redeemed us from the captivity of hell by the Passion of your dear Son,
because you have made us members of your holy Christian Church,
because you have given us the holy Sacraments for our salvation,
because you have given us your means of grace,
because you have not rejected and condemned us for so many past sins,
because you have saved us from innumerable sins of soul and body; we thank you, O Lord.

For all your gifts and blessings, natural and supernatural,
for all our inward and outward sufferings,
for all your fatherly correction and discipline,
for all your gifts and blessings which we have never yet fully known,
for all your gifts and blessings which we have never yet duly treasured up,
for all your gifts and blessings which we have so often sinfully misused,
for all your gifts and blessings which you have bestowed on our relatives, benefactors, friends and enemies,
for all your gifts and blessings which you have bestowed on all the family of mankind; we thank you, O Lord.

In unity with the Church militant here on earth, we give you thanks now, and until the end of the world. We thank you, O Lord.

In unity with the Church triumphant in heaven, we give you thanks now, and will give you thanks forevermore. We thank you, O Lord.

Son of God, we pray, hear us, Lord Jesus.

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.

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

Our Father…

You are my God, and I will thank you.
You are my God, and I will praise you.

All your works praise you, O Lord,
and your saints give thanks to you.

The Lord be with you,
And also with you.

Let us pray.
O God, you have shown us the riches of your love and generosity in all their greatness. Show us also your priceless grace and blessing, that we may always truly know, treasure and employ them for your honor and our salvation. Through holy use of your Word and grace, and in thankful love for them, bring us at last where with all your saints and elect, we shall praise and bless your boundless goodness and mercy for evermore; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: The Priest’s Prayerbook, 1906, p. 180, freely modified.

Labor Day

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ shared our toil and hallowed our labor in his earthly life.  Be present with your people where they work, and move those who carry on the industries and commerce of this land to honesty and fairness. Guide us to do all our work to your glory and for our neighbor’s good; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Based on a collect in The Book of Common Prayer 1979. Newly composed for A Collection of Prayers. 

 

From the Book of Common Prayer 1979:

For Commerce and Industry

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life
shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with your
people where they work; make those who carry on the industries
and commerce of this land responsive to your will; and give
to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for
ever. Amen.