|The Book of Common Prayer|
LITANIES OF INTERCESSION
18. LITANY OF THE DIVINE WILL
V. Jesus said: Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother and sister and mother.R. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
O God, who hast created us all and called us to take our part ,in thy tremendous purpose,
V. O God, who hast shown us thy eternal will in the life of Christ our Lord,R. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
V. O God, who art ever working in men's hearts by the operation of thy Spirit, to make us fellow-workers with thy will,R. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
V. O God, who willest that all men should be saved, and come to the knowledge of thy truth,R . Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
V. From all reliance on ourselves, from trying to limit the range of thy purposes, from doubts of thy mightiness in operation,R. Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.
V. From all unwillingness to learn thy will, from clinging to our own plans and desires, from all want of faith in self-committal to thy guidance,R. Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.
V. From cowardice in following thy leading, from ever suffering our own ambitions to cloud the vision of thy will for us, from trying to serve thee and escape the cost,R. Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee. O Lord.
V. From weakness when we are faced with big decisions, from over-confidence in making them, from acting without trying to learn thy will,R. Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.
V. From shirking the responsibility of our place in the divine order, from fearing new truth and new ways of thought and life,R. Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.
V. From seeking to set forward human progress, whether in the Church or in the world, by doing our own will instead of loyally asking to know thine,R. Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.
¶ The Minister shall use all or some of these
V. Let us pray for the accomplishment of God's will and purpose as we know it in our Lord. He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence ; having made known unto us the mystery of his will. Eph. 1: 8-9.
No man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. John 1: 18.
All things have been delivered unto me by the Father, and no man knoweth the Father but the Son and he to whomsoever the Son wills to reveal him. Matt. 11: 27.
If any man do his will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God. John 7: 17.
V. Let us pray that society may be so ordered, that every soul may come to the fullness of the perfection for which God made it. It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. Matt. 18: 14.
V. Let us pray for the betterment of international relationships, disarmament, the World Court, and the League of Nations.
Ye have heard it said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies. Matt. 5: 43-4.
V. Let us pray for greater mutual respect and trust in our dealings one with another, and for greater love of beauty and active purity in all the associations of daily life. All ye are brethren, for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Matt. 23: 8-9.
Ye have heard it said, Thou shalt not kill, and whosoever killeth shall be in danger of the judgment. But I say unto you, Whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell-fire. Matt. 5: 21-2.
V. Let us pray for greater reverence for children, and for the revival of the sanctity of home life. Suffer the little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of God. Mark 10: 14.
V. Let us pray for the increasing application of science, and for the study of the body and mind; for the restoration of health and wholesomeness and gladness in the lives of men and women. If thou art willing, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand and touched him, saying, I will, be thou clean. Matt. 8: 2-3.
V. Let us pray for the growth of the spirit of reconciliation and fellowship, that the will of God for man may be realized in the affairs of this world (especially with regard to . . . .). This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you. John 15: 12.
V. Let us pray for increased power and Vision to the Church, that through us the will of God may be fulfilled. All power is given unto me, in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations. Matt. 28: 18-19.
V. Let us pray for the reunion of the Church, that the Spirit of our Lord may be manifest to the world. I pray that they may all be one, even as thou, Father, art in me and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. John 17: 21.
V. Finally, let us pray for loyalty to do the will of God following our Lord. Remember the test of loyalty to him. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of God, but he that doeth the will of my Father. I came not to do mine own will but the will of him that sent me. My meat is to do the will of him that sent me and to finish his work.
O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people which call upon thee and grant that they may both perceive and know what 'things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
V. Thy kingdom come.
19. LITANY OF DAILY BREAD
(Jesus said: Ask and it shall be given unto you seek and ye shall find. What man is there of you who, if his son shall ask him for a loaf, will he give him a stone, or if he shall ask for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then with all your human imperfections know how to give good things unto your children, how much more
shall your Father which is in heaven give good things
to them that ask him? Therefore, whatsoever ye would
that men should do to you, do ye also unto them.
Matt. 7: 7-12.
V. Let us thank God for all the provision which he has made for the needs both of our bodies and souls. For all the sustenance which thou hast provided for our bodies, minds, and spirits,· to fit us for communion with thyself,R. We thank thee, O Father.
V. For the knowledge that we are all thy children, and that thou dealest with us as our Father, being ever more ready to give than to ask,R. We thank thee, O Father.
V. For knowledge of the ordered course of nature, delivering us from fear and superstition,R. We thank thee, O Father.
V. For trusting us with the knowledge of thy laws to subdue the earth and replenish it for thee,R. We thank thee, O Father.
V. For our physical nature, with its strength and gladness; and for the inexhaustible wealth of life,R. We thank thee, O Father.
V. That thou hast sent thy Son, born of a woman, to make our human flesh the instrument of thy glorious and holy will,R. We thank thee, O Father.
V. That thy Son labored for his daily bread, knowing hunger and poverty and weakness,R. We thank thee, O Father.
V. For the resourcefulness and generosity of thy providence for each of us,R. We thank thee, O Father.
V. For giving us the privilege of service and supplying us with the means to fulfill thy purposes,R. We thank thee, O Father.
V. For the spiritual food which thou hast provided for us in the life of Jesus Christ,R. We thank thee, O Father.
V. Let us ask forgiveness for all the ways in which we have abused God's gifts, forgetting that they are entrusted to us to be used for him and for our fellow men.
O GOD the Father, from whom all fatherhood in earth and in heaven is named, graciously behold thy family. Thou art kind to the ungrateful and makest thy sun to arise on the just and the unjust. But we have misused thy gifts, and marred thy work and robbed one another of our daily bread. We pray for true repentance and pardon. Help us to feel our share in the world's guilt, and to glorify thee in our stewardship so that thou wilt give us the true riches; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
V. Our greed and selfishness, Our luxury and sloth, Our wastefulness of thy generosity,R. O Lord forgive.
V. Our disobedience to thy laws, Our indifference to the needs of others Our spoiling of our brother's and sister's soulsR. O Lord forgive.
V. Our starving of their bodies, Our enslaving them to Mammon, Our toleration of injustice,R. O Lord forgive.
V. Our acquiescence in disease, Our ruthless competition, Our distrust of love,R. O Lord forgive.
O LORD, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offenses that by thy great goodness we may all be delivered from the bands of those sins which ·by our frailty we have committed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
V. And now, O Lord, vie humbly beseech thee that thou who hast taught us to pray for our daily bread, wilt enable us to win and use it according to thy will. If one member suffereth, all the members suffer with it. If one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and severally members thereof. I Cor. 12: 26-27.R. We beseech thee to hear us.
And that thou wilt give men skill and enterprise in husbanding the resources of the earth, that all thy children may have meat enough,
V. That we may not try to live by bread alone, but measure all our wealth and all our labor by the standard of our Lord,R. We beseech thee to bear us.
V. That the condition of men's daily toil may not starve the souls whom thou hast made for thyself,R. We beseech thee to bear us.
V. That those who labor in production may not be deprived of their share of thy gifts,R. We beseech thee to hear us.
V. That the conscience of mankind may be so aroused, that we shall no more eat the bread of oppression, but work together in comradeship and justice,R. We beseech thee to hear us.
V. That thou wilt give us all a deeper sense of our membership of one another so that the bonds of our economic life may be the expression of our fellowship in Christ,R. We beseech thee to hear us.
V. That those who have great wealth may be guided to use it rightly to thy glory and to the welfare of their fellow men,R. We beseech thee to hear us.
V. That we may all be led to a fuller recognition of our stewardship to thee for the use of our money and our time,R . We beseech thee to hear us.
V. That thou wilt help all who are not engaged in manual labor that, as they live by others' toil so by their work others may live better,R. We beseech thee to hear us.
V. That thou, O Lord, wilt fill us with the desire to alleviate the humiliation and anxiety of those who cannot find employment,R. We beseech thee to hear us.
V. That thou wilt guide the deliberations of the government and local authorities, and lead men in this land so to co-operate for the common good, that all may have work, to provide their daily bread in freedom hope and self-respect,R. We beseech thee to hear us.
V. For all who carry heavy burdens, that Christ may refresh them,R. We beseech thee to hear us.
V. For all whose poverty deprives them of the fullness of life,R. We beseech thee to hear us.
V. For the rich for whom the way is hard, that they may find that simplicity which opens the kingdom of heavenR. We beseech thee to bear us.
O LORD CHRIST, who didst say to thine apostles when they would send away the hungry multitude, They need not depart, give ye them to eat; enable us so to use thy Father's gifts as to relieve the necessities of our brethren, and chiefly help us in our daily work so to reflect the glory of thy spirit that they may come to thee, the Bread of Life, and see their soul's desire and be satisfied; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
O THOU whose meat was to do the Father's will, grant us to order and use the things of this world as partakers of the life of the world to come, even that life eternal which thou hast brought from heaven upon earth; to the glory of thy holy name. Amen.
O CHRIST, thou lover of men's lives, who wast the friend of simple people, and didst live and teach in the homes of working men, reveal thyself in power to the toiling multitudes around us, who need thee; give them the spirit of hope, charity, freedom, simplicity, and gladness, that in thee they may find the life. that is life indeed, O thou who only canst, our Saviour and our Lord. Amen.
20. LITANY OF LABOR
¶ The Litany can be shortened by the omission of
V. Lord have mercy upon us.
V. Lord have mercy upon us.R. Have mercy upon us.
O God the Father of all,
V. O God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
R. Have mercy upon us.
V.O God the Holy Spirit, dwelling in men,
R. Have mercy upon us.
V. O Holy Trinity, one God,
R . Have mercy upon us.
V. Jesus, born in poverty, born to bring peace among men, workman at Nazareth,R. Help us to follow thee.
V. Jesus, in whom the proud were scattered and the mighty put down, giving good things to the hungry, exalting them of low degree,R. Help us to follow thee.
V. Jesus, in whom all the nations of the earth are one, in whom is neither bond nor free, brother of all,R. Help us to follow thee.
V. Jesus, preaching good tidings to the poor, proclaiming release to the captives, setting at liberty them that are bound,R. Help us to follow thee.
V. Jesus, friend of the poor, feeder of the hungry, healer of the sick,R. Help us to follow thee.
V. Jesus, denouncing the oppressor, instructing the simple, going about to do good,R. Help us to follow thee.
V. Jesus, teacher of patience, pattern of gentleness, prophet of the kingdom of heaven,R. Help us to follow thee.
V. Jesus, forgiving them that love much, drawing all men unto thee, calling them that labor and are heavy laden,R . Help us to follow thee.
V. Jesus, who camest not to be ministered unto, but to minister, who hadst not where to lay thy head, loved by the common people,R. Help us to follow thee.
V. Jesus, betrayed for the sake of money, taken by the chief priests, condemned by the rulers,R. Help us to follow thee.
V. Jesus, crucified for us,
R. Help us to follow thee.
V. Jesus, who hast called us to the fellowship of thy kingdom, in whom is no respect of persons, who wilt know us by our fruits,R . Help us to follow thee.
V. Thou Voice of Justice, who dost say to us, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me,R. Help us to follow thee.
V. From the love of money,R. Good Lord, deliver us.
From dishonesty in business,
From forgetfulness of our duty,
From anger and malice against opponents,
V. From contempt for others,
R. Good Lord, deliver us.
V. From offense against thy little ones,R. Good Lord, deliver us.
From oppression of the poor,
From the acceptance of worldly standards,
From hardness, narrowness, and distrust,
From want of faith in the accomplishment of thy Will,
V. From all pride,R . Good Lord. deliver us.
From all lust,
From all anger,
From all envy,
From all sloth,
V. By thy taking of our flesh,R. Dear Lord, deliver us.
By thy humble birth,
By thy hard life.
By thy bitter death,
By thy glorious resurrection and ascension,
V. Be merciful unto us.
V. We beseech thee, O Lord, mighty and ever wise, thatR. We beseech thee.
thou wilt guide, protect, and inspire all those who learn and labor truly to get their own living.
For men who face peril,
V. For women who suffer pain,
R. We beseech thee.
V. For those who till the earthR. We beseech thee.
For those who tend machinery
V. For those who strive on the deep watersR . We beseech thee.
For those who venture in far countries,
V. For those who work in offices and warehouses,R. We beseech thee.
For those who labor at furnaces and in factories,
V. For those who toil in mines,R. We beseech thee.
For those who buy and sell,
V. For those who keep house,R. We beseech thee.
For those who train children,
V. For all who live by strength of arm,R. We beseech thee.
For all who live by cunning of hand,
V. For all who control, direct, or employ,
R. We beseech thee.
V. For all who enrich the common life through art, and science, and learning,R. We beseech thee.
V. For all who guide the common thought, as writers or as teachers,R. We beseech thee.
V. For all who may serve the common good as pastors, physicians, soldiers, lawyers, merchants, and for all social workers, leaders, and statesmen,R. We beseech thee.
V. And for all those who are poor, and broken, and oppressed: For all whose labor is without hope,R. Dear Lord, we pray to thee.
For all whose labor is without honor,
For all whose labor is without interest,
For those who have too little leisure,
For those who are underpaid,
For those who oppress their employees through love of money,
For all women workers,
For those who work in dangerous trades,
For those who cannot find work,
For those who will not work,
For those who have no home,
For prisoners and outcasts,
For the victims of lust,
For all who are sick or hungry,
For all who are intemperate, luxurious, and cruel,
21. LITANY FOR PEACE
V. O God, the Father of all,
V. Remember, O Lord, the peoples of the world divided into many nations and tongues; deliver us from every evil which obstructs thy saving purpose; and fulfill thy promises of old to establish thy kingdom of peace. From the curse of war and all that begets it,R. O Lord, deliver us.
V. From believing and speaking lies against other nations,
R. O Lord, deliver us.
V. From narrow loyalties and selfish isolation,
R. O Lord, deliver us.
V. From fear and distrust of other nations from all false pride, vainglory, and self-conceit,R. O Lord, deliver us.
V. From the lust of the mighty for riches, that drives peaceful peoples to slaughter,R . O Lord, deliver us.
V. From putting our trust in the weapons of war and from want of faith in the power of justice and goodwill,R. O Lord, deliver us.
V. From every thought, word, and deed which divides the human family and separates us from the perfect realization of thy love,R. O Lord. deliver us.
ETERNAL FATHER, who showest thy people the way in which they should go, turn our feet from the city of destruction toward the city of God, and redirect our desires and labors in accordance with thy will, that we may achieve the new world for which thy Son was content to die, even Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
V. That nations may vie with each other in the service of man and not in seeking dominion,R. Father. we pray thee.
V. That science may be the constant handmaid of life and never the henchman of death,R. Father, we pray thee
V. That the treasure now spent on the engines of war may be used for the arts of peace,R. Father, we pray thee.
V. That thy people may rejoice to endure labor and want and death to win, not a war, but thy kingdom,R. Father, we pray thee.
V. That we may love not only our country but also the whole family of nations,R. Father. we pray thee.
V. That ancient enmities may pass away and that thou wilt make all things new,R. Father. we pray thee.
O CHRIST, at whose word the wind and waves were still, rebuke, we pray thee, the violence of men, and usher in the day of brotherhood, that we may truly serve thee; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit liveth and worketh for us unceasingly, now and forever. Amen.
V. Lord of life, master of men, pattern of gentleness
V. God of the future years, we pray for all thy family upon earth and for every agency of world co-operation that it may grow in usefulness and power; For thy universal Church,R. We beseech thee.
V. For the League of Nations,
R. We beseech thee.
V. For the Court of International Justice,
R. We beseech thee.
V. For international federations of labor, industry, and commerce,R. We beseech thee.
V. For the departments of state, for all ambassadors, ministers, diplomats, and statesmen,R. We beseech thee.
V. For the prophets and pioneers who have seen the promised land afar off and dedicated their lives to its service,R. We beseech thee.
V. For the common folk in every land who live in peace and quietness,R. We beseech thee.
ETERNAL FATHER, unto thee we commit ourselves; use even us with our ignorance and frailty to accomplish thy holy will; and hasten the day when all shall dwell together in mutual helpfulness and love; for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
22. LITANY FOR OUR COUNTRY
V. O God the Father, who governest the nations upon earth,
V. Remember not, Lord, the offenses of thy people, our manifold transgressions and our mighty sins; deal not with us after our sins, neither reward us according to our wickedness.R. Spare us, Father of mercies.
V. From blindness of heart, from love of ease, from contentment with the second best, from failure to do the good that was in the heart of our fathers and for which they prepared the way.R. Save thy people, Lord.
V. From presumptuous sins, from pride of possession, from vainglorious boastings, from national hypocrisies,R. Save thy people. Lord.
V. From the covetousness which is idolatry. from hard bargaining and ruthless competition, and from all the service of mammon and the worship of wealth,R. Save thy people, Lord.
V. From class warfare and class hatred, from racial antagonisms, from the spirit of party, from the seeking of sectional advantage and forgetfulness of the general good,R. Save thy people, Lord.
V. From neglect of the unemployed and of the aged, from indifference to strangers and immigrants and outcasts, from cruelty to prisoners, and from all other unbrotherliness,R. Save thy people, Lord.
V. From failure to take account of the needs of other nations, from living unto ourselves alone, and from putting our trust in our own strength when our trust should be in thee,R. Save thy people, Lord.
V. From noisy restlessness, from unbelief and profaneness, from forsaking thee, the fountain of living waters, and hewing ourselves out broken cisterns that can hold no water,R. Save thy people, Lord.
V. Hear thou in heaven, thy dwelling-place;
R. And when thou hearest, forgive.
V. That we may hallow thy name, that we may seek first thy kingdom and thy righteousness; and that, as thou givest us to know thy will, so we may do it,R. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
V. That nothing be done through strife or vainglory. but in lowliness of mind; and that we may look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others, in honor preferring one another,R. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
V. That we may be mindful of the poor and the oppressed among us; that we may bring up the children of the nation in thy faith and fear; that we may welcome those who in good faith have come from other lands to seek our fellowship, and receive them in thy name,R. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
V. That we make choice of just legislators and faithful counsellors, who gravely, soberly, and with a godly spirit, may enact always things just, and things wise, and things merciful,R. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
V. That we may co-operate earnestly and effectively with other nations, and with them labor for the defense and maintenance of public right, for the abolition of war and the establishment of international law, and for whatever else may pertain to the general good,R. We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
V. In the name of our God we will set up our banners.
R. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
V. Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it;
R. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
Let us pray
ALMIGHTY GOD, who turnest the heart of the fathers to their children, and the heart of the children to their fathers; receive, we pray thee, our unfeigned thanks for the good land which thou hast given us. Forgive us our transgressions; cleanse us from all things that defile our national life, and grant that this people, which thou hast abundantly blessed, may keep thy commandments, walk in thy ways, and fear thee. Be gracious to our times, that by thy bounty both national quietness and Christian devotion may be duly maintained. Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children; and let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands, establish thou it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
23. A GENERAL INTERCESSION
V. Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness and grace, we pray for the welfare of our country and for all who are joined to us by the ties of common life; That the President of the United States may be enriched with thy grace; and that all those in authority may have a pure motive and a right judgment in all things.R. We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
V. That a wise and humble spirit may prevail in our national councils; and that we may be delivered from unscrupulous ambitions. selfish rivalries, and mistaken policies,R. We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
V. That those who teach the young may have the childlike heart, and find in Christ the renewal of their life and the inspiration of their work,R. We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
V. That parents may train their children in right ways; and that children may learn to face and overcome the evil that is in the world, and grow up a generation to love and praise thee,R. We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
V. That soldiers and sailors may be defended amid the dangers and temptations of their service; and that the nations may live together in peace and charity.R. We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
V. That men of wealth and ease may not miss the true end of life; that prosperity may not make us selfish; and that poverty may not make us bitter,R. We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
V. That social life and industry may be so ordered that one man's good may not be another man's hurt, and that all may have a just share of wealth, security. and freedom,R. We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
V. That physicians, surgeons, and nurses, and all who are engaged in works of mercy, may be sustained by thee, and guided by thy counsel,R. We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
V. For all who are worn by illness; all who are wronged and oppressed; the weary and heavy laden; the aged and the dying; that they may be strengthened by thy love and fatherly pity,R. We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
V. That in charity thy Church may flourish, and in truth live and do thy work,R. We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
V. That thy Church may be zealous in laboring for the removal of oppression and injustice, and that it may take its full share in all efforts for the healing of the sick, the clothing of the naked, and the feeding of the hungry,R. We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
V. That the pastors of thy Church may be men of honest mind and simple heart, and set forth thy truth both by their word and life,R. We beseech thee to hear us. O God.
V. That men and women may eagerly respond to every call to sacrifice and service, so that the burden of sin may be lifted off all human hearts and the ends of the earth see thy salvation.R . We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
V. That thy merciful blessing may be extended to all our friends, and to all our enemies; to all who pray for us and to all who have desired that we should pray for them.R. We beseech thee to hear us, O God.
Let us pray.
O THOU who art the God of the generations of men, we thank thee for all who have walked humbly with thee, and especially for those near to us and dear, in whose lives we have seen the vision of thy beauty. May we know that in the body, or out of the body, they are with thee. Make us glad in their living, comfort and teach us through their dying. Unite us still, God of our souls, in one household of faith and love, one family in heaven and upon earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GRANT unto us, Almighty God, thy peace that passeth understanding, that we, amid the sorrows of life, may rest in thee, knowing that all things are in thee, under thy care. governed by thy will, guarded by thy love, so that with a quiet heart we may face the clouds and the darkness, ever rejoicing to know that darkness and light are both alike to thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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