Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Litany

Below you will find a form of the classic Litany which differs in some ways from the form it tends to take in modern Lutheran books.  It has been very useful to me, and I commend it to any who might find it likewise useful.

Kyrie:
Eleison.

Christe:
Eleison.

Kyrie:
Eleison.

O Christ:
Graciously hear us.

O God, the Father in heaven:
Have mercy upon us.

O God, the Son, Redeemer of the world:
Have mercy upon us.

O God the Holy Ghost:
Have mercy upon us.

O Holy Trinity, One God:
Have mercy upon us.

Be gracious unto us:
Spare us, O Lord.

Be gracious unto us:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From all sin:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From all error:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From all evil:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From the crafts and assaults of the devil:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From sudden and unexpected death:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From pestilence and famine:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From war and murder:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From sedition and rebellion:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From lightning and tempest:
Deliver us, O Lord.

From everlasting death:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By the mystery of Thy holy incarnation:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy holy nativity:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy baptism, fasting, and temptation:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thine agony and bloody sweat:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy cross and passion:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy precious death and burial:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy Resurrection:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By Thy Ascension:
Deliver us, O Lord.

By the advent of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter:
Deliver us, O Lord.

In all time of our tribulation:
Deliver us, O Lord.

In all time of our prosperity:
Deliver us, O Lord.

In the hour of death:
Deliver us, O Lord.

In the day of judgment:
Deliver us, O Lord.

We sinners:
Beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to rule and govern Thy Holy Catholic Church:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to illuminate all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, with true knowledge and understanding of Thy Word, and that both by their preaching and life they may set it forth and shew it accordingly.
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to preserve all orders of the Church in holy religion:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to put an end to all schisms and causes of offense:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring into the way of truth all such as have erred and are deceived:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to trample Satan under our feet:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to send faithful laborers into Thy harvest:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant to all hearers increase in the word and in the fruit of the Spirit:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to lift up the lapsed and to strengthen those who stand:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to comfort and help the weak-hearted and the distressed:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give to all nations unity, peace, and concord:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to direct and protect the President (or “King,” “Queen,” etc.) and his counselors:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless and protect our magistrates and people:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to regard and deliver the afflicted and those in danger:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to preserve all who travel:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant a safe delivery to pregnant mothers, and healthy babies to those who nurse them:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to cherish and guard the infants and the sick:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to liberate those wrongfully held captive and imprisoned:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to protect and provide for the orphans and widows:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to take pity on all men:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to convert them:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to graciously hear us:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

O Son of God:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world:
Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world:
Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world:
Grant us Thy peace.

O Christ:
Graciously hear us.

Kyrie:
Eleison.

Christe:
Eleison.

[All] Kyrie eleison. Amen.

Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our Daily Bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.

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