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you have not withdrawn your generous hand from us; have mercy on us.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 guardians and helpers,
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 union with the thanksgivings which the Church militant here on earth pays you, and will pay you till the end of the world, we thank you, O Lord.

In union with the thanksgivings which the Church triumphant in heaven pays you, and will pay you 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.

Prayer of Thanks (Antiochan, 2)

O Lord, how lovely it is to be your guest:
the breezes are  full of scents;
the mountains reach to the skies;
the waters like boundless mirrors
and the floating clouds
reflect the sun’s golden rays.
All nature murmurs mysteriously,
breathing the depth of tenderness.
Birds and beasts of the forest
bear the imprint of your love.

You have blessed our home, the earth,
in its changing loveliness,
which wakens our yearning for happiness that will last forever,
in the land where beauty never grows old,
and the cry rings out:
Alleluia!
Alleluia!

You have brought me into life as into an enchanted paradise.
We have seen the sky like a dome of deepest blue,
where the birds sing in the heights.
We have listened to the rustling leaves of the forest
and the bubbling music of the streams.
We have tasted the freshest fruit
and the sweetest honey.
We can live very well on your earth.
It is a pleasure to be your guest!

Glory to you for each day of life;
glory to you for the perfume of lilies and roses.

Glory to you for each different taste of berry and fruit;
glory to you for the sparkling silver of early morning dew.

Glory to you for the joy of dawn’s awakening;
glory to you for the new life each day brings.

Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!
Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!

Source: Akathist Hymn, Kontakion 2, Antiochian Orthodox

Source of this version: Modified from http://ww1.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers/akathist-of-thanksgiving

The paragraph, “You have blessed our home, the earth…” was changed because the original read as if it were a prayer to “Mother Earth.”

 

Prayer of Thanks (Antiochan, 1)

Everlasting King, your will for our salvation is full of power.
Your right arm controls the whole course of human life.
We give you thanks for all your mercies, seen and unseen;
for eternal life,
for the heavenly joys of the kingdom which is to be.
Grant mercy to us who sing your praise,
both now and in the time to come:
Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!
Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!

I was born a weak, defenseless child,
but your angel spread his wings over my cradle to defend me.
From birth until now your love has enlightened my path,
and has guided me towards the light of eternity.
From birth until now
the generous gifts of your providence
have been marvelously showered on me.
I give you thanks with all who have come to know you, who call on your name.

Glory to you for calling me into being;
glory to you, showing me the beauty of the universe.

Glory to you, spreading out before me heaven and earth,
like the pages in a book of eternal wisdom.

Glory to you for your eternity in this fleeting world;
glory to you for your mercies, seen and unseen.

Glory to you through every sigh of my sorrow;
glory to you for every step of my life’s journey, for every moment of glory.

Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!
Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!

Source: Akathist Hymn, Kontakion 1, Antiochian Orthodox

Source of this version: Modified from http://ww1.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers/akathist-of-thanksgiving

A General Intercession

O Lord Jesus Christ our God,
in your mercy and loving kindness
you regard the prayers of all who call on you with their whole heart.
Hear my prayer, now humbly offered to you:

Remember, O Lord, your church.
Confirm and strengthen it,
increase it and keep it in peace,
and preserve it forever.

Remember, O Lord, our bishops,
our pastors and teachers,
and all servants in your church
which you established to feed the flock with your Word.
Hear their prayers,
have mercy on me,
and save me, a sinner.

Remember, O Lord,
all civil authorities,
our armed forces,
this city in which we dwell,
and every city and land.
Grant us peaceful times,
that we may lead a calm and tranquil life
in all godliness and holiness.

Remember, O Lord,
my parents,
my brothers and sisters,
my relatives and friends,
and all who are near and dear to me, [especially…]
and grant them mercy, life, peace,
health, salvation and visitation,
pardon and forgiveness of sins,
that they may forever praise and glorify your holy name.

Remember, O Lord,
those who travel by land, and sea, and air,
the young and the old,
orphans and widows,
the sick and the suffering,
the sorrowing and the afflicted,
all captives,
and the poor and needy.
On all these, pour out your mercy,
for you are the giver of all good things.

Remember, O Lord,
me, your humble servant.
Grant me your grace,
that I may be diligent and faithful,
that I may avoid evil company and influence,
and resist all temptation;
that I may lead a godly and righteous life,
blameless and peaceful,
always serving you.

I remember, O Lord,
all those who have fallen asleep
in the hope of resurrection to life eternal,
whom you shelter
in a place of brightness and heavenly rest,
where all sickness, sorrow and sighing have fled away,
and where the sight of your face gladdens all your saints.
Bring me, at last, with all your saints
to glory everlasting.

O Lord, hear my prayer,
for you are merciful and compassionate,
and you love mankind,
and to you are due all glory, honor, and worship,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and forever. Amen.

Source: Antiochan Orthodox Church

Source of this version: Freely modified and adapted from http://ww1.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers/occasional-prayers

Petition “I remember, O Lord, all those who have fallen asleep…” is rendered here as a remembrance of the dead. In the original is a prayer for the dead:

Be mindful, O Lord, of all those who have fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection unto life eternal, especially N., NN.; pardon all their transgressions both voluntary and involuntary, whether in word, or deed, or thought. Shelter them in a place of brightness, a place of verdure, a place of repose, whence all sickness, sorrow and sighing have fled away, and where the sight of thy countenance rejoiceth all thy Saints from all the ages. Grant them thy heavenly Kingdom, and a portion in thine ineffable and eternal blessings, and the enjoyment of thine unending Life.

Arranged as a Litany

O Lord Jesus Christ our God,
in your mercy and loving kindness
regard the prayers of all who call on you with their whole heart.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

Remember, O Lord, your church.
Confirm and strengthen it,
increase it and keep it in peace,
and preserve it forever.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

Remember, O Lord, our bishops,
our pastors and teachers,
and all servants in your church
which you established to feed the flock with your Word.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

Remember, O Lord,
all civil authorities,
our armed forces,
this city in which we dwell,
and every city and land.
Grant us peaceful times,
that we may lead a calm and tranquil life
in all godliness and holiness.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

Remember, O Lord,
our parents,
our brothers and sisters,
our relatives and friends,
and all who are near and dear to us, [especially…]
and grant them mercy, life, peace,
health, salvation and visitation,
pardon and forgiveness of sins,
that they may forever praise and glorify your holy name.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

Remember, O Lord,
those who travel by land, and sea, and air,
the young and the old,
orphans and widows,
the sick and the suffering,
the sorrowing and the afflicted,
all captives,
and the poor and needy.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

O Lord,
remember us, your humble servants.
Grant us your grace,
that we may be diligent and faithful,
that we may avoid evil company and influence,
and resist all temptation;
that we may lead a godly and righteous lives,
blameless and peaceful,
always serving you.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

We remember, O Lord,
all those who have fallen asleep
in the hope of resurrection to life eternal,
whom you shelter
in a place of brightness and heavenly rest,
where all sickness, sorrow and sighing have fled away,
and where the sight of your face gladdens all your saints.
Bring us, at last, with all your saints
to glory everlasting.
O Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cries for help come to you.

O Lord, hear our prayer,
for you are merciful and compassionate,
and you love mankind,
and to you are due all glory, honor, and worship,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and forever. Amen.

Response is taken from Psalm 102:1 (EHV)

Help, Save, Have Mercy on Us

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.

For our pastors, teachers, and all who are in the service of Christ, and all the clergy and laity, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For our country, the president, all those in public service, and all our armed forces, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For this parish and city, for every city and country, and for the faithful who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who travel by land, sea and air, for the sick, the suffering, the captives and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and distress, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, O God, by your grace.
Amen.

Source: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Source of this version: Modified from  http://www.ocf.org/OrthodoxPage/liturgy/liturgy.html

 

“For our pastors, teachers,…” in the original is “For our Archbishop (Name), our Bishop (Name), the honorable presbyters, the deacons in the service of Christ, and all the clergy and laity, let us pray to the Lord.”

Graphics for use in service folders. Graphics are larger than they need to be for clarity. For use with 11 point type, graphics should be 3.25″ wide.

Printed with harmony:

Lord,_have_mercy

Amen.

…or without harmony:

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Amen2

Download the Litany of Chrysostom with music files added as a Microsoft Word document: Litany_of_Chrysostom,_with_music.docx

The Litany of the Most Holy Trinity

Blessed be the holy Trinity and undivided Unity;
we will give glory to him, because he has shown his mercy to us.

O Lord our Lord, how wonderful is your name in all the earth!
O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God!

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

Blessed Trinity, hear us.
Adorable Unity, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us. 

Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us. 

Father, from whom are all things,
Son, through whom are all things,
Holy Spirit, in whom are all things, have mercy on us. 

Holy and undivided Trinity, have mercy on us. 

Eternal Father,
only Son of the Father,
Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son, have mercy on us. 

Co-eternal majesty of three divine persons, have mercy on us. 

Father, the Creator,
Son, the Redeemer,
Holy Spirit, the Comforter, have mercy on us. 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts,
who is, who was, and who is to come,
God most high, who inhabits eternity,
to whom alone are due all honor and glory,
who alone does great wonders,
power infinite,
wisdom incomprehensible,
love unspeakable, have mercy on us. 

Be  merciful, spare us, O Holy Trinity.
Be  merciful, graciously hear us, O Holy Trinity.

From all evil, deliver us, O Holy Trinity.
From all sin, deliver us, O Holy Trinity. 

From all pride,
from all love of riches,
from all uncleanness,
from all laziness,
from all misdirected love,
from all envy and malice,
from all anger and impatience,
from every thought, word, and deed contrary to your holy law,
from your everlasting condemnation, deliver us, O Holy Trinity. 

Through your almighty power,
through your abundant loving kindness,
through the exceeding treasure of your goodness and love,
through the depths of your wisdom and knowledge,
through all your unspeakable perfections, deliver us, O Holy Trinity. 

We sinners pray, hear us.

That we may always serve you alone,
that we may worship you in spirit and in truth,
that we may love you with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength,
we pray, hear us.

That, for your sake, we may love our neighbors as ourselves,
that we may faithfully keep your holy commandments,
that we may never defile our bodies and souls with sin,
that we may go from grace to grace, and from virtue to virtue,
that we may finally enjoy the sight of you in glory,
that you would hear us,
we pray, hear us.

O blessed Trinity, deliver us.
O blessed Trinity, save us.
O blessed Trinity, have mercy on us.

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

Blessed are you, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven,
And worthy to be praised, and glorious, and highly exalted forever.

Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, you have granted your servants in the confession of the true faith, to acknowledge the glory of an eternal Trinity, and in the power of your majesty to adore a Unity. Strengthen our faith and defend us from all adversity; through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Source: Modified from http://catholictradition.org/Litanies/litanies1a.htm

 

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A Personal Litany

Lord Jesus Christ,
humble, gentle and loving Savior,
help me resist temptations of pride,
help me see the needs of others,
help me to be a servant,
help me to reflect your love,
help me to speak your truth in love,
help me to think beyond the moment,
help me to trust your plan as it unfolded in the past,
help me to trust your plan as it stands in the present,
help me to trust your plan, and to have confidence in what you have in mind for the future,
help me to not be afraid,
help me to not be angry,
help me to not be selfish,
give me confidence in you,
give me the peace of your Spirit,
give me the power to love, serve and give
from the love, service and gifts you have given me.

Lamb of God, you have taken away the sin of the world.
King of kings, you sit at your Father’s right hand, ruling all things.
Mighty God, you rule over all things for the good of your Church.

Tender Savior, you have promised to be with us, with me, always.

Have mercy.
Strengthen my faith.
Grant me peace.
Amen.

Source: 2019 Paul C. Stratman