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.

Enlighten Our Eyes

Enlighten our eyes, O Lord,
that our faith may be fixed upon you,
and our souls may take counsel
in the sweetness of your love,
and your fear implant
true penitence in our hearts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic collect.
Source of this version: Freely modified from Oremus, ed. Paul Zeller Strodach.

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You Lift Up Our Heads

O Lord,
even though many say
there is no help for us in our God,
you are our defender.
You lift up our heads.
Increase our hope
and surround us with your perpetual mercy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic collect.

Source of this version: Freely modified from Oremus, ed. Paul Zeller Strodach.

 

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Let the Brightness of Your Spirit Illumine Us

O Lord,
let your mercy be upon us,
and let the brightness of your Spirit
illumine our inward souls,
that he may kindle our cold hearts
and enlighten our dark minds;
who abides with you in glory forever.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic collect.

Source of this version: Ancient Collects, and Other Prayers, ed. William Bright, 1902, also in Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953.

 

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Guide Our Nation in the Way of Your Truth and Peace

Image result for freedom of religionO God,
you led our ancestors
to this land
where they found
refuge from oppression
and freedom to worship you.
Always guide our nation
in the way of your truth and peace,
so that we enjoy
the blessing you have promised
to the people whose God is the Lord;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Paul Zeller Strodach, 1917, slightly modified from the Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, 1917

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Guard Our Hearts

Almighty God,
our heavenly Father,
you feed the birds and clothe the flowers,
and you care for us as a father for his children.
Guard our hearts against faithlessness and anxiety.
By your Holy Spirit, help us
to live to the hallowing of your name,
the coming of your kingdom,
and the doing of your will,
so that we may cast all our cares on you
and in unwavering faith, trust in you;
through your Son,  Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Austria, 1571. Translation by Paul Zeller Strodach for Common Service Book.

Source of this version: Modified from The Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church,  United Lutheran Church in America © 1918, #30

“You feed the birds and clothe the flowers” is a reference to Matthew 6:26-28

“To live to the hallowing of your name…” is a reference to Matthew 6:9-13

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

“Faithlessness and anxiety” in the original is “distrust and vain over-carefulness”

This prayer is very similar to a prayer in A Book of Collects in Two Parts by John Wallace Suter, Freedom from Anxious Care:

ALMIGHTY GOD, who dost feed the birds and clothe the flowers, and who carest for us as a father for his children; Graciously guard us, we beseech thee, against distrust and vain over-carefulness, that casting all our care on thee, we may abide in thy love, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord.