|The Book of Common Prayer
¶ Here followeth the Litany, or General Supplication, to be sung or said upon Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and on such other days and at such times as shall be commanded by the Ordinary.
¶ When the Litany is used as a separate Service, it may be preceded by a Hymn and one of the Lessons of the. Day: or when used in conjunction with the Communion Service the Minister may, instead of a Lesson, use one or more of the Sentences appointed to be used at the commencement of the Order for Morning Prayer, and then say, Let us pray.
¶ When the Litany is followed by the Communion Office, or by that part of it which is appointed to be used when there is no Communion it shall be lawful to omit from the Litany the Lord's Prayer and all that is set down after it. When the Litany is said at any other time, it shall be lawful to omit from it all that follows the Lord's Prayer, and to use one or more of the Occasional Prayers; the whole to conclude with A Prayer of St. Chrysostom, and The grace of, etc.
¶ When any desire the prayers of the Congregation, the following words may, at the discretion of the Minister, be added at the proper place in any of the petitions, Especially him (or her or those) for whom our prayers are desired.
O GOD the Father, of heaven have mercy
upon us miserable sinners.
REMEMBER not, Lord, our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers ; neither take thou vengeance of our sins spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou brat redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.
Spare us, good Lord.
all evil and mischief; from sin, from the craft and assaults of the devil;
from thy wrath, and from everlasting damnation,
From all blindness of heart; from pride, vain-glory,
and hypocrisy from envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness,
From fornication, and all other deadly sin; and from
all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,
From lightning and tempest; from plague, pestilence,
and famine; from battle and murder, and from sudden death.
From all sedition, privy conspiracy, and rebellion;
from all false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart, and
contempt of thy Word and Commandment,
By the mystery of thy holy Incarnation; by thy holy
Nativity and Circumcision; by thy Baptism, Fasting, and Temptation,
By thine Agony and bloody Sweat; by thy Cross and
Passion; by thy precious Death and Burial; by thy glorious Resurrection
and Ascension; and by the coming of the Holy Ghost,
In all time of our tribulation; in all time of our
wealth ; in the hour of death, and in the day of judgement,
WE sinners do beseech thee
to hear us, O Lord God ; and that it may please thee to rule and govern
thy holy Church universal in the right way;
N.I.[That it may please thee to
guard and bless thy servant GEORGE, our most gracious King and
Governor, and to rule his heart in thy faith, fear, and love that he may
evermore have affiance in thee, and ever seek thy honour and glory;
That it may please thee to bless and
preserve our gracious Queen Elizabeth, Mary the Queen Mother,
the Princess Elizabeth, and all the Royal Family;
That it may please thee to protect and guide thy
servants the Chief Governors in Ireland, and all who are set in authority
That it may please thee to illuminate all Bishops,
Priests, and Deacons, with true knowledge and understanding of thy Word
That it may please thee to further the work of the
Church in all the world, and to send forth labourers into thy harvest;
N.I.[That it may please thee
to endue the Ministers of the Crown and all in authority throughout the
Empire, with grace, wisdom, and understanding;
R.I.[That it may please thee
to endue the Ministers of this State, and all in authority, with grace,
wisdom, and understanding;
In later Prayer Books, the names are omitted in this Prayer, and the following note added:
* Here shall be said the names and the titles of members of the Royal Family, as directed.
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
That it may please thee to bless and keep the Magistrates, giving them
grace to execute justice and to maintain truth;
N.I.[That it may please thee
to bless and keep the forces of the King, and to shield them in all dangers
R.I.[That it may please thee to
bless and keep all sailors, soldiers, and airmen that guard our shores,
and to shield them in all dangers and adversities;
That it may please thee to bless and keep all thy
That it may please thee to give to all nations unity,
peace, and concord;
That it may please thee to give us an heart to love
and fear thee, and diligently to live after thy commandments;
That it may please thee to give to all thy people
increase of grace to hear meekly thy Word, and to receive it with pure
affection, and to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit;
That it may please thee to bring into the way of
truth all such ai have erred, and are deceived;
That it may please thee to strengthen such as do
stand; and to comfort and help the weak-hearted; and to raise up them
that fall; and finally to beat down Satan under our feet;
That it may please thee to succour, help, and comfort,
all that are in danger, necessity, and tribulation;
following sentence was added to this note after 1949:
That it may please thee to preserve
all that travel by land, by water, or by air, all women labouring of child,
all sick persons, and young children; and to shew thy pity upon all prisoners
That it may please thee to defend, and provide for,
the fatherless children, and widows, and all that are desolate and oppressed;
That it may please thee to have mercy upon all men.
That it may please thee to forgive our enemies, persecutors,
and slanderers, and to turn their hearts;
That it may please thee to give and preserve to our
use the kindly fruits of the earth, so as in due time we may enjoy them;
That it may please thee to give us
true repentance; to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances;
and to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit to amend our lives according
to thy holy Word;
Son of God : we beseech thee to hear us.
Grant us thy peace.O Lamb of God : that takest away the sins of the world;
Have mercy upon us.O Christ, hear us.
O Christ, hear us.
LORD, have mercy upon us.
'or by air' not in the 1926 original
¶ Then shall the Priest, and the people with him, say the Lord's Prayer.
OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Priest. O Lord, deal not with us after our
Let us pray.
O GOD, merciful Father, that despisest
not the sighing of a contrite heart, nor the desire of such as be sorrowful;
Mercifully assist our prayers that we make before thee in all our troubles
and adversities, whensoever they oppress us; and graciously hear us, that
those evils, which the craft and subtilty of the devil or man worketh
against us, be brought to nought; and by the providence of thy good ness
they may be dispersed; that we thy servants, being hurt by no persecutions,
may evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ
O GOD, we have heard with our ears, and
our fathers have declared unto us, the noble works that thou didst in
their days, and in the old time before them.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the
From our enemies defend us, O Christ.
Priest. O Lord, let thy mercy be shewed
Let us pray.
WE humbly beseech thee, O Father, mercifully to look upon our infirmities and for the glory of thy Name turn from us all those evils that we most righteously have deserved; and grant, that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in thy mercy, and evermore serve thee in holiness and pureness of living, to thy honour and glory; through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth. and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.
2 Cor. 13. 14.
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.
Here endeth the Litany.
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