The Reproaches

The Reproaches or Improperia are a series of antiphons and responses sung in Good Friday liturgies, usually in the afternoon. They first appeared in the ninth century. There are many different versions of the Reproaches with different verses. What is presented below is a shorter and possibly earlier version.

O my people, what have I done to you?
How have I wearied you? Answer me! (Micah 6:3)

I led you out of the land of Egypt,
and you have led your Savior to be scourged.

I led you out of the land of slavery,
and you led your Redeemer to be nailed to the cross.

Lord God most holy,
Lord most mighty,
holy and most merciful Savior,
deliver us from the bitter pains of eternal death.

I threw Pharaoh’s chariots and his army into the sea,
and you delivered me to the chief priests and the Gentiles.

I fed you with manna,
and gave you water to drink from the rock in the wilderness,
and you gave me gall and vinegar to drink.

Lord God most holy,
Lord most mighty,
holy and most merciful Savior,
deliver us from the bitter pains of eternal death.

O my people, what have I done to you?
How have I wearied you? Answer me!

Lord God most holy,
Lord most mighty,
holy and most merciful Savior,
deliver us from the bitter pains of eternal death.

Source: This version is translated from the German version in Allgemeines evangelisches Gesang- und Gebetbuch zum Kirchen und Hausgebrauch, Hamburg, 1846, p. 529.

Some sections are identical to “In the midst of life we are in death…”

For the history of the Improperia and other versions, see the Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Improperia

Listen to the Improperia sung in Latin in an arrangement by Tomas Luis de Victoria.

Here is a different performance of the same piece that also includes the chant in the illustration at the top of this page.

German version:

The section in the German version “Heiliger Herre Gott…” is quoted from Luther’s hymn version, “Mitten wir in Leben sind…” Our translation above follows our translation of “In the midst of life…”

Was habe ich dir gethan , mein Volk, und womit habe ich dich beleidigt? antworte mir! (Micha 6:3).

Habe ich dich doch aus Aegyptenland geführt: und du hast zu Geißelung überantwortet deinen Heiland.

Habe ich dich doch aus dem Diensthause erlóset: und du hast ans Kreuz geschlagen deinen Erlöſer.

Heiliger Herre Gott!
Heiliger starker Gott!
Heiliger, barmherziger Heiland, Du ewiger Gott,
Laß uns nicht verſinken in des bittern Todes Noth!

Habe ich doch Pharao und seine Reuter gestürzt ins Meer: und du hast mich überantwortet den Hohenprieſtern und den Heiden.

Habe ich dich doch gespeiſet mit Manna, und getrånker von dem Wasser
des Felsen in der Wüste: und du haſt mich getränket mit Galle und Essig.

Heiliger Herre Gott!
Heiliger starker Gott!
Heiliger, barmherziger Heiland, Du ewiger Gott,
Laß uns nicht versinken in des bittern Todes Noth.

Was habe ich dir gethan , mein Volk, und womit habe ich dich beleidigt? antworte mir!

Heiliger Herre Gott!
Heiliger starker Gott!
Heiliger, barmherziger Heiland, Du ewiger Gott,
Laß uns nicht verſinken in des bittern Todes Noth!

Original in Latin:

Popule meus, quid feci tibi? Aut in quo contristavi te? Responde mihi.

Quia eduxi te de terra Ægypti: parasti Crucem Salvatori tuo.

Hagios o Theos.
Sanctus Deus.
Hagios Ischyros.
Sanctus Fortis.
Hagios Athanatos, eleison hymas.
Sanctus Immortalis, miserere nobis.

Ego propter te flagellavi Ægyptum cum primogenitis suis: et tu me flagellatum tradidisti.

Popule meus, quid feci tibi? Aut in quo contristavi te? Responde mihi.

Ego eduxi te de Ægypto, demerso Pharaone in mare rubrum: et tu me tradidisti principibus sacerdotum.

Popule meus, quid feci tibi? Aut in quo contristavi te? Responde mihi.

Litany for the Dying (2)

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.

Be gracious to him. Spare him, good Lord.
Be gracious to him. Help him, good Lord.

From your wrath,
from an evil death,
from the pains of hell,
from the power of the devil,
from all evil, good Lord, deliver him.

By your holy nativity,
by your agony and bloody sweat,
by your cross and passion,
by your glorious resurrection and ascension,
by the grace of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, help him, good Lord.

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

We poor sinners pray, hear us, Lord God.

We pray that you would spare him. Hear us, good Lord.

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

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

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.
Amen.

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

Litany of Intercession

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.

God, your ears are open to our prayers,
graciously help those for whom we pray.

Christ, hear us.

From all evil,
from all sin,
from all plots and assaults of the devil,
from the temptations and desires of the flesh,
from loneliness and despair,
from carelessness and neglect of duty,
from loss of courage and devotion,
from making a shipwreck of their faith,
from falling away from you, good Lord, deliver them.

By your coming to save humanity,
by your selfless service,
by your love for the weary and burdened,
by your healing touch for the sick,
by your invitation to all,
by your welcome to the sinner,
by your cross and passion,
by your victory,
by the might of your salvation, help them, good Lord.

Lover of humanity,
in all their trouble,
in all their needs,
in their last hour,
and in the day of judgment, help them, good Lord.

We poor sinners pray, hear us, Lord God.

To grant them your guidance and protection,
to keep them pure in thought, word and action,
to guard their lives and souls,
to make them victorious soldiers of the cross,
to hold them steadfast in their allegiance to our country,
to be their protection in danger,
to be their refreshment in hardship,
to be their comfort in suffering,
to be their companion in weary and lonely hours,
to make them gentle and lovers of their neighbors,
and in the hours of trial, keep them in the palm of your hand,
we humbly pray, hear us good Lord.

To preserve our country at all times, in times of peril, peace or prosperity,
to direct and protect our president, his counsellors and all in authority,
to foster in our hearts reverence for the law of the land,
to uphold our armed forces,
to grant victory to every righteous cause for which our nation is contending,
to unite our nation as one in loyalty and faithful devotion,
to turn all humanity to your cross,
and to fill all hearts with love for you,
we humbly pray, hear us good Lord.

To see and protect all who are in danger, need and trouble,
to protect all who travel by land, sea or air,
to comfort and heal the wounded,
to alleviate and shorten the pains of the dying,
to free the captives,
to protect and provide for the orphans and widows,
to overthrow humanity’s inhumanity,
to bless and strengthen all who serve their neighbors,
and to have mercy on all people,
we humbly pray, hear us good Lord.

To forgive our enemies,
to turn their hearts that they may cease their enmity,
to turn their hearts and ours that we may walk together in humility and peace,
to quickly restore just and lasting peace to all nations,
and to graciously hear our prayers,
we humbly pray, hear us good Lord.

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

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

O Christ, hear us.

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

Our Father…

Let us humble ourselves before God and implore the Father Almighty,
he graciously hears all who call on him, and does not forsake those who trust in him.

How great is your compassion, Lord. You protect the captives, you pity the wretched and afflicted, you are patient with sinners, you comfort those who wander, you lift up the oppressed, and you hear those who pray. Give to those who have not. Forgive the sinners. Convert people that they call on your name. Holy and merciful God, move our hearts to mercy, just as you have showered mercy on us, and hear our prayers through the merits of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Let us bring our brothers and sisters who are in need before the throne of mercy.
May God, whose love never fails, grant them his blessing.

Lord, look down from heaven, see, visit, and relieve your servants, for whom our we pray. Look on them with mercy. Give them comfort and confidence in you. Preserve them from the temptations of the enemy, and keep them in constant peace and safety; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Let us pray that our Lord, the Prince of Peace, may establish his reign in every heart.
Let his kingdom come and his will be done.

Eternal Father, by sending your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, you proclaimed peace to the world, and by shedding his blood on the cross, he opened the way for all humanity to find peace with you. Hold the cross high that every eye may see. Kindle every heart with your Spirit that all may follow Christ’s example and be zealous to serve you, that peace may fill every heart and govern the nations of the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

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

Litany of the Nativity

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

God, loving Father, you sent your one and only Son, have mercy.
Jesus Christ, you are the Word who became flesh to save the world, have mercy.
Holy Spirit, you connect us to the love and power of God with your Word, have mercy.

Holy Trinity, splendor and majesty are yours.
Holy Trinity, glory and strength are yours.

Jesus,
promised seed of the woman,
our shield and great reward,
Bringer of peace,
One to whom the scepter belongs,
promised Prophet,
Son of David,
Immanuel,
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace, have mercy on us.

Jesus,
Shepherd of your people Israel,
from of old, from ancient times,
Word who became flesh,
Savior,
Lord’s anointed, have mercy on us.

Jesus,
because you were conceived by the Holy Spirit,
because you were born of the virgin Mary,
because you became flesh and made your dwelling among us,
because you became truly human, like us in every way, except without sin,
because you endured every hardship common to humanity,
because you suffered under Pontius Pilate,
because you were crucified,
because you suffered death as the wages of the world’s sin,
because you were buried, hear our prayer.

Jesus,
because you broke the gates of hell,
because you proclaimed your victory in Satan’s realm,
because you rose in glory,
because you recalled faithless disciples and restored their faith by saying “Peace,”
because you ascended on high,
because you intercede for us at your Father’s right hand, hear our prayer.

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Lamb of God, grant us your peace.

To us a child is born.
To us a Son is given.

Lord Jesus Christ, Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing, give us your blessed hope as we hear again of your first coming. Fill our lives with the glory of your love, and empower us to live to your glory, for you are God’s gift of love, once wrapped in swaddling clothes, now wrapped in the pages of Scripture, no longer in a cattle stall or feeding trough, but living and reigning with your Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, dwelling in the highest glory, granting peace to your people, now and forever.
Amen.

Litany of the Nativity, © 2020 Paul C. Stratman, written for A Collection of Prayers, www.acollectionofprayers.com.

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Litany of the Most Holy Trinity (2)

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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. 

God, from you, by you and in you are all things,
in you we live and move and have our being,
you alone have immortality and live in light no one can approach,
your majesty fills the whole earth,
the highest heavens cannot contain you,
you are wonderful in all your works for humanity,
you work all things by your gracious will,
in your hands are the souls of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind,
you open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing, have mercy on us. 

You have the power to cast body and soul into hell,
you do great, unsearchable and marvelous things without number,
your eyes are brighter than the sun and see all the ways of mankind,
you search the heart and examine the mind,
you give food to all flesh,
you made all things for yourself,
you live forever and ever,
you are a Father of the fatherless, and defend the cause of the widow,
you are full of compassion and mercy, long suffering, abundant in goodness and truth,
you are our shield and our very great reward,
One God and Father of all, you are above all, and through all, and in us all, have mercy on us. 

Be gracious to us, spare us, Holy Trinity.
Be gracious to us, hear us, Holy Trinity.
From all evil, deliver us, Holy Trinity.

From all pride and arrogance,
from gluttony, excess and greed,
from anger, envy, and all ill-will,
from all evil desires and uncleanness,
from all laziness and despair,
by the immensity of your power,
by the infinity of your wisdom,
by the abundance of your goodness,
by the eternity of your glory and majesty,
by the depth of your knowledge and your providence,
by the unspeakable greatness of your love and pity,
by the unfathomable depths of your justice and judgment,
and on the day of judgment, deliver us, Holy Trinity.

We sinners pray, hear us, Holy Trinity.

That we may love you, our God, with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength,
that we may serve you in holiness and righteousness all our days,
that we may worship you, the Lord our God, and serve you only,
that we may never take your holy name in vain,
that we may worship you in spirit and in truth,
that we may honor, serve and obey our parents and others in authority, and give them love and respect,
that we may never, from anger, hatred, or envy, hurt the life or reputation of any person, that we may love you above all things, and our neighbors as ourselves for your sake,
that we may never do to another what we would not have them do to us,
that we may never covet the goods of our neighbor,
that we may keep our hearts from all carnal desires and impure affections,
that you would make all grace abound in us,
that we may present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God,
that you would bring us to the kingdom you prepared for us from the foundation of the world, we pray, hear us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
pray for us to the Father.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
be merciful to us sinners.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
pour out your Holy Spirit on us.

Blessed Trinity, hear us.
Adorable Trinity, hear us.

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

Our Father …

Blessed are you, O Lord, God of our ancestors,
and to be praised and highly exalted forever; (Song of the Three Holy Children, 29)

Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven
and worthy of great praise, to be sung and glorified forever. (Psalm 145:3 and Song of the Three Holy Children, 34)

Let all your angels and saints praise you.
Let them praise and glorify you forever.

Let us praise the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
We praise and magnify him forever.

O Lord, hear our prayer,
and let our cry for help come to you. (Psalm 102:1)

Let us pray.

Almighty and eternal God, you have given your servants who confess of the true faith the duty to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and to worship the true Unity in the power of the divine majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith, and always defend us from all adversities; for you, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, 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.

In the original, the phrase “that we may worship you in spirit and in truth” is “that we may keep holy the fasts and festivals of the Church, by religious worship and deeds of mercy,”

In the original, the phase “that we may honor, serve and obey our parents and others in authority, and give them love and respect,” is “that we may pay all due honor, reverence and obedience to our parents, bishops, superiors, and all who stand to us in the place of parents,”

Litany of the Holy Spirit (3)

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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.

Holy Spirit, most merciful and patient, always striving for humanity in all its wanderings,
Holy Spirit, by your power the blessed virgin conceived and bore a Son,
Holy Spirit, through you the holy child Jesus grew strong in spirit and was filled with wisdom,
Holy Spirit, you descended on Jesus at his baptism and anointed him without measure,
Holy Spirit, by your power Jesus fulfilled his earthly ministry, teaching and working miracles, and preaching the kingdom of God,
Eternal Spirit, through you Jesus offered himself without blemish to God as our Priest and Victim,
Comforter, you proceed from the Father and were promised by the Lord to his disciples in their hour of sorrow, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, you were given to the apostles by the breath of Christ,
Holy Spirit, on the day of Pentecost you descended on the apostles as tongues of fire,
Holy Spirit, you blessed the apostles with wisdom and power to preach the gospel, to build the Church, and to send messengers tor the extension of Christ’s kingdom,
Holy Spirit, you inspired the apostles and evangelists to write the holy books of the New Testament for the comfort and edification of the Church,
Holy Spirit, Lord and giver of life in both the new and old creation, by your divine power you quicken the whole body of Christ,
Holy Spirit, by your supernatural work you give power and efficacy to the means of grace,
Holy Spirit, in all ages you comforted and strengthened martyrs and confessors, and enlightened the teachers of your Church with heavenly wisdom, have mercy on us.

Blessed Paraclete, you have always been the sustaining comfort and sweet refreshment of the sorrowful and suffering,
Holy Spirit, you spread abroad love, joy and peace  in the hearts of the faithful and obedient followers of Christ,
Most gracious and patient Spirit, in your unending mercy you always seek to recall us from our wandering and bring us back in to God in repentance, have mercy on us.

By your life-giving power and might,
by your all powerful grace and strength,
by your continual presence in the church, good Lord, deliver us.

We sinners pray, hear us, Holy Spirit.

That we who have been made members of Christ’s body may be filled with all the fullness of your gifts of grace,
that we may never resist your holy work, but by your inspiration think those things that are good, and by your guidance do them,
that we may always enjoy the full blessing of Christ’s sacramental gifts through you,
that we may be led by you, live and walk in you, and rightly using the freedom with which Christ has made us free,
that as there is one body and one Spirit, the Church may be enabled to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,
that you would enlighten all ministers and stewards of your mysteries with true knowledge and understanding of your holy Word,
that you would give all your people a right understanding of Christian truth, and a brotherly love and affection towards one another, hear us, good Lord.

That you would take away from us all hatred and prejudice and whatever else hinders us from godly union and concord,
that you would give us the gift of perseverance, that being faithful to the point of death, we may hereafter be glorified with Christ,
that you would bring new life to your Church, that reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ, when he appears in glory at the end of time, hear us, good Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
pour out your Holy Spirit on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
send us the promised Spirit from the Father.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
give us the Spirit of peace.

Our Father …

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, send us your Holy Spirit, and by his gracious indwelling, make us a temple of his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

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Litany of the Ascension

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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.

Litany of the Blessed Sacrament

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.

Jesus,
hidden God and Savior,
Sacrifice once for all,
Lamb without blemish,
living Bread from heaven,
Cup of blessing,
Word made flesh and dwelling within us,
Fullness of divine love,
Priest and Victim,
Hope of penitents,
Refreshment of souls,
Comfort of the dying,
Promise of glory in the life to come, have mercy on us. 

From the desires of the flesh,
from the lust of the eye,
from the pride of life,
from all occasions to sin, good Lord, deliver us.

By your deep humility as you washed your disciples’ feet,
by your great love as you instituted this holy Sacrament,
by your body and blood, which you have given and poured out for us,
by the wounds which you received for us,
and by your death on the cross, good Lord, deliver us.

We sinners pray, hear us, Lord Jesus.

To prepare our hearts whenever we receive your holy Supper,
to move us to a sincere confession of our sins,
to partake of your body and blood often,
to strengthen and preserve us in faith,
to comfort and defend us when our last hour comes; 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.

The cup of blessing that we bless is a communion of the blood of Christ.
The bread that we break is a communion of the body of Christ.

Lord Jesus Christ, you gave us your holy Supper so that we could remember you, taste and touch the forgiveness of our sins. Strengthen and preserve us in the true faith, for you have established your covenant of love by giving your own body into death and by shedding your blood on the cross; now you live and reign with your Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Notes:

Heavily modified from Litany of the Holy Sacrament in The Priest’s Prayerbook, 1906. Closing collect is new, © 2021 Paul C. Stratman.

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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.