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LITANY OF THANKSGIVING


Let us praise God for his kingdom being set up in all the world.

THE kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ;
    And he shall rule for ever and ever.

We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty, who is and was and is to come,
    Because you have taken your great power and ruled. 

You are fit, Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:
    For you have made all things, and for your pleasure they are; and were made.

  
Let us give thanks for the things of this world.

We thank you O God, for health by which we are able to work,
    We thank you, O God.

For blessings given us as the reward of work, 
    We thank you, O God.

For knowledge of you and of your works, 
    We thank you, O God.

For food and for all things we need for our souls and bodies,
    We thank you, O God.

I will give thanks to you,
For I am wonderfully made;
It is wonderful what you do,
And that my soul knows very well. 
    We thank you, O God.

While all your works praise you, O Lord, and your saints give thanks to you,
    I too will be talking of your worship, your glory, your praise and wonderful works.

My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and let all men give thanks to his holy Name, for ever and ever. Amen.
  

 

Let us give thanks for those who love us.

For the love of father and mother,
    We thank you, O God.

For the love of teachers and friends,
    We thank you, O God.

For all who have been kind to us, or have helped us in sickness,
    We thank you, O God.

To God our Father, who first loved us,
To God the Son, who loved us, and set us free from our sins by his own blood,
To God the Holy Spirit, who pours the love of God into our hearts,
Be all love and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

  
Let us praise God for Mission work.

For all whom the Lord has saved,
And set free from the hand of the enemy,
And brought together out of all lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south, 
    We praise you, O God.

For faithful lives of those you sent,
    We praise you, O God.

For heathen brought into the Church,
    We praise you, O God.

For lives laid down in your service,
    We praise you, O God.

We thank you, O Lord our God, that you have made known to us the Gospel of your love. We worship you as our Lord and King; for you are fit, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power, for ever and ever. Amen.

  
Let us thank God for the Sacraments.

For the gift of spiritual life in Holy Baptism and Confirmation,
    We thank you, O God.

For the gift of the Holy Spirit in Ordination, 
    We thank you, O God.

For spiritual food given us in the Holy Communion, 
    We thank you, O God.

For the forgiveness of our sins in the sacrament of Penance,
    We thank you, O God.

For friendship with the saints in the Church, 
    We thank you, O God.

For the knowledge of you made known through the Church, 
    We thank you, O God.

For the grace of Christian love in Holy Marriage, 
    We thank you, O God.

For strength to body and soul in Holy Anointing 
    We thank you, O God.


 
 

THE LITANY

OF THE SUFFERINGS.


GOD, the Father in Heaven;
    Have mercy on us.

God the Son, the Saviour of the world;
    Have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit;
    Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God;
    Have mercy on us.

Jesus, Son of the living God, born of Mary; 
    Have mercy on us.

By the wonder of your becoming man and by your holy life and example;
    Save us, good Lord.

By your prayer in Gethsemane, by your great suffering and sweat of blood and being willing to die;
    Save us, good Lord.

Jesus, given up to your enemies by the kiss of Judas, left alone by your apostles, and taken prisoner by your enemies;
    Save us, good Lord.

Jesus, whom Annas and Caiaphas called guilty, whom they beat and spat on;
    Save us, good Lord.

Jesus, whom they laughed at, and would not believe, whom Pilate beat and bruised, and said must die;
    Save us, good Lord

By the carrying of the cross to Calvary; 
    Save us, good Lord.

By the nailing on the cross;
    Save us, good Lord.

By the crown of thorns;
    Save us, good Lord.

By your doing of Godís will till death; 
    Save us, good Lord.

By your bearing of our sins in your own body; 
    Save us, good Lord.

By the pouring out of your dear blood; 
    Save us, good Lord.

By your bearing of pain and by your humility; 
    Save us, good Lord.

By your five most holy wounds.
    Save us, good Lord.

By your death and being buried in the grave; 
    Save us, good Lord.
  

 
We sinners pray you to hear us that we may die to sin and live a holy life;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That we may take up our cross every day; 
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That we may glory only in the cross of Christ; 
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That your blood may make us clean from all our sins; 
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord,

That we may follow the blessed steps of your most holy life;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That we may share your sufferings and your glorious rising again;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; 
    Have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; 
    Have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; 
    Give us your peace.

O Saviour of the world who by your cross and dear blood have set us free;
    Save us and help us, we humbly pray you, O Lord.

OUR FATHER in heaven, holy be your Name, your rule come, your will be done, in the world as it is in heaven. Give us this day our food for today. Forgive us what we do wrong as we forgive those who do wrong to us. Bring us not into trouble to try us, but save us from evil. Amen.

The Lord be with you;
    And with you.

Let us pray.

O LORD Jesus Christ, our merciful High Priest, you offered to the Father a pure offering to make sinners one with God, by the wonderful power of your life, your sufferings and your death, help us, we pray you, to die to the world and live to you alone, and at the end to go out m peace, through the saving power of your life and death who live and rule with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.


 
 

LITANY

FOR MISSIONS TO THE HEATHEN.


O GOD, the Father, who made of one blood all the peoples of the world;
    Have mercy on us.

O God, the Son, who saved all men from the power of darkness;
    Have mercy on us.

O God, the Holy Spirit, who moved on the face of the waters, giving light and life;
    Have mercy on us.

O Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Three persons in One God, our Maker, our Saviour and our Power for a holy life;
    Have mercy on us.

By the holy wonder of your becoming man; 
    Save us, good Lord.

By your death on the Cross;
    Save us, good Lord.

By your prayers for us in Heaven;
    Save us, good Lord.

By the sending of the Holy Spirit;
    Save us, good Lord.

By your being always with us in the Church; 
    Save us, good Lord.

We sinners ask you to hear us that it may please you to bless your Holy Church which you bought with your dear blood;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to bless all missionary Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Brothers and Catechists;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to send your Spirit on the church in our islands, that all here may know your saving power;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to bless the Brothers and their Companions, to give them wisdom and understanding and keep them safe in all dangers;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to move the hearts of those whom you are calling to join them that they may offer themselves for this work;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to give them fruit from the seeds they sow that the heathen may be converted to you;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to bless all who learn and write and print the languages of the people to whom they go, that all may hear in their own language of your saving power;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to bless the work of your Church in New Guinea, to call men and women to work there, and to bless the Bishops and all whom they shall send out among the heathen of that island;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to bless the work of your church among the people of Polynesia in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the many islands of the sea, and among the people of India and China who have made their home there;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.
 

 

We pray you to bless the native people of Australia and the Torres Straits Islands that they may know your saving power;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to bless the Missions to the peoples of Indonesia, Malaysia and South East Asia and all who work and pray for them;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to bless the people of India, Pakistan, Ceylon and Burma and to lead them from the teaching of Buddha and Mahomet to the clearer light of the teaching of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to bless the people of China, Korea and Japan, to shield and strengthen your Church in those lands and bring them all to the worship of you the true God;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to bless the people of Egypt and the countries of North Africa that they may turn again to the Christian faith;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray You to bless all those who have not known you in South America, and bring them to you;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to bless the work of the Church in Africa, their leaders and all whom they send out, and to bring the many peoples there to find peace and friendship for one another through knowing you as their Saviour;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to strengthen the weak, bring back the sinners, hold steady those who are tempted, and deepen the faith of those who stand firm, in those places, where many are Christians in name only.
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

We pray you to forgive your people for turning from you, their Saviour, and to bring them to know and love you and to put their trust in you;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

The Lord be with you;
    And with you.
Lord hear us.
    Christ hear us.
Lord hear us.

OUR FATHER in heaven, holy be your Name, your rule come, your will be done, in the world as it is in heaven. Give us this day our food for today. Forgive us what we do wrong as we forgive those who do wrong to us. Bring us not into trouble to try us, but save us from evil. For yours is the rule and the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

    LET us thank God for his blessings on the work of his Church among the heathen in all parts of the world.

Let us bless the Lord;
    Thanks be to God.
Praise God;
    Praise his holy Name.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Spirit;
    As it was in the beginning, is now and always shall be: for ever and ever. Amen.


 
 

LITANY FOR EMBER DAYS


O GOD the Father in Heaven:
Have mercy on us poor sinners.

O God, the Son, the Saviour of the world:
    Have mercy on us poor sinners.

O God, the Holy Spirit, coming from the Father and the Son:
    Have mercy on us poor sinners.

O Holy, Blessed and Glorious Trinity, Three Persons and one God:
    Have mercy on us poor sinners.

Do not remember Lord, our evil doings, nor the evil doings of those before us, and do not punish us for our sins, pity your people whom you have set free with your dear blood and do not be angry with us for ever;
    Do not punish us, good Lord.

From all evil and accident, from sin, from the traps and power of the devil, from your anger, and from everlasting death;
    Save us, good Lord.

From all blindness of heart, from pride, from loving to be great, from pretending to be good, from bitter thoughts of others, from hating and wishing to hurt, and from all that is against the law of love;
    Save us, good Lord.

From adultery and all sins that kill the soul, from the lies of the world, the body and the devil;
    Save us, good Lord.

From lightning, storm and earthquake, from deadly sickness, from dying of hunger, from war and murder, and from dying suddenly when we are not ready;
    Save us, good Lord.

From all untrue teaching and wrong belief and divisions in the church, from a hard heart and thinking little of your word and commandments;
    Save us, good Lord.

By the wonder of your becoming man, by your holy birth, by your circumcision, by your baptism, fasting and temptation;
    Save us, good Lord.

By your bitter pain and sweat of blood, by your cross and sufferings, by your dear death and the burying of your body, by your glorious rising again and going up to heaven, and by the coming of the Holy Spirit;
    Save us, good Lord.

In all times of trouble, in all our happiness, in the hour of death and in the day of judgement;
    Save us, good Lord.

We sinners pray you to hear us, O Lord God, that it may please you to rule your Holy Catholic Church in the right way;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to shine in the hearts of all bishops, priests, and deacons, that they may truly know and understand your word, and in their preaching and living may make it clear;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to bless the orders of Bishops, Priests and Deacons in your Church;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to fill them with your Spirit and make clean their lips;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to strengthen the work of your Church in all the world ....................................... and to send out more men to work in your garden;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to raise up shepherds of your sheep after your own heart, who will work for you with all their strength;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to save them from all evil; 
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to help them, so that all who see and know them may be able to respect their work and the right to rule that has been given to them;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to help them that they may always celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Eucharist in a holy life;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to help them that they may always show men the love of your Holy Name and Sacraments;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to bless your servants who are to be made priests (deacons) and to pour your grace on them, that they may rightly do the work given to them for the good of your Church and the honour of your Name;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to help them to give body, mind and spirit to you and work for you with their whole heart;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to fill their minds with your Word, and to give them the light and power of your Holy Spirit to love your commandments;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to help them with your power to bring many to you to be saved;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to help them to celebrate rightly your Holy Sacraments and by their life and teaching show men the truth of your holy word;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to be always with them in their work for you, giving them in all things the spirit of power and love rightly to rule their own lives;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.
 

 
That it may please you to fill their hearts with love for their people;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to guide and bless all members of the Postulants guild;
    We pray you to hear us, good Lord.

Son of God, we pray you to hear us;
    Son of God, we pray you to hear us.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; 
    Give us your peace.

O Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; 
    Have mercy on us.

O Christ, hear us.
    O Christ, hear us.

 

Lord, have mercy on us.
    Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.
    Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.
    Lord, have mercy on us.

OUR FATHER in heaven, holy be your Name, your rule come, your will be done, in the world as it is in heaven. Give us this day our food for today. Forgive us what we do wrong as we forgive those who do wrong to us. Bring us not into trouble to try us, but save us from evil. For yours is the rule and the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us pray.

    LET us pray for these men ............................. now to be made deacons (or priests).

GOD, for your glory and the saving of men, you made your only Son a great high Priest, may it please you that those whom he has chosen to work with him and to have the care of his holy things, may truly do the work to which they are called by you, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

  (For priests only)

LORD Jesus Christ, a priest for ever, may it please you that all who on earth are called to be your priests may follow day by day in your blessed steps and may show in their lives and in their teaching your love and your hatred of sin, hating sin and loving the sinner, that they may deal gently with all men and because of you make themselves the servants of all; who live and rule with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

GOD, the Holy Spirit, the Giver of all good gifts, give to those who work for you the spirit of wisdom that they may teach your people the words of eternal truth, and the spirit of holiness, that they may go before them and lead them to their home in heaven, where with the Father and the Son, you live and rule, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

 
2 Cor. 13. 14.

THE GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship with the Holy Spirit, be with with us all for ever. Amen.

 
 

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