The Litany

John Wesley included the Litany in  The Sunday Service for the Methodists in North America, circa 1784, with instructions that is should be said on Wednesday and Fridays and on other occasions as appropriate.

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O God the Father of heaven; have mercy upon us miserable sinners.          

            O God the Father of heaven; have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world; have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

            O God the Son, Redeemer of the world; have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,; have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

            O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,; have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons and one God; have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

            O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons and one God; have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

Remember not, Lord, our offenses, nor the offenses of our forefathers: do not take vengeance upon us for our sins, but spare us, good Lord, spare your people whom you have redeemed with your most precious blood, and do not be angry with us forever.

            Spare us, good Lord.

From all evil and harm, from sin, from the crafts and assaults of the devil, from your wrath, and from everlasting damnation,

            Good Lord, deliver us.

From all blindness of heart, from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy,;; from envy, hatred, and malice,; and from all lack of love and charity,

            Good Lord, deliver us.

From sinful affections, fornication, and any other deadly sin;  and from the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,

            Good Lord, deliver us.

From lightning and tempest; from plague, pestilence, and famine; from battle and murder, and from dying unprepared,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all oppression, conspiracy, and rebellion; from false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart, and contempt of your word and commandment,

            Good Lord, deliver us.

By the mystery of your holy Incarnation; by your holy Nativity and Circumcision; by your Baptism, fasting, and temptation,

            Good Lord, deliver us.

By your agony and bloody sweat; by your Cross and Passion; by your precious death and burial; by your glorious Resurrection and
Ascension; and by the coming of the Holy Spirit,

            Good Lord, deliver us.

In all time of our tribulation; in all time of our prosperity; in the hour of death, and in the Day of Judgment,

          Good Lord, deliver us.

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We sinners ask you to hear us, O Lord God, and may you govern and guide your holy catholic Church in the right way,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you strengthen the godly faith, the righteousness, and the holy living of all your servants who hold the authority of government in this nation,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you lead their hearts to trust, fear, and love you, that they may evermore seek your honor and glory,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you enlighten all ministers of your church and your gospel with true knowledge and understanding of your holy word, that both by their preaching and living they may set it forth and declare it,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you bless and keep all magistrates and judges, giving them grace to execute justice and maintain the truth,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you bless and keep all your people,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you give to all nations unity, peace, and concord,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you give us hearts to love and revere you, and diligently to keep your commandments,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you give all your people an increase of grace to hear your Word, to receive it with pure hearts, and to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you bring into the way of truth all those who have erred and who are deceived,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you strengthen those who stand firm in faith, comfort and help the faint-hearted, raise up those who fall, and finally beat down Satan under our feet,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you sustain, help, and comfort all who are in danger, need, and tribulation,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you preserve all who travel, women in childbirth and their little ones, all sick persons and young people; and show your pity to all prisoners and captives,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you defend and provide for all orphans and widows, and all who are desolate and oppressed,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you have mercy upon all people,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers; and turn their hearts,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you give and preserve to our use the good fruits of the earth, that in due time all may enjoy your creation,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

May you grant us true repentance, forgive all our sin, negligence and ignorance, and pour upon us the grace of your Holy Spirit to conform our lives to your holy word,

            We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

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Son of God, we beg you to hear us.

            Son of God, we beg you to hear us.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,

            Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,

            Grant us your peace.

O Christ, hear us.

            O Christ, hear us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

            Lord have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

            Christ have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

            Lord, have mercy upon us.

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            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.

            For thine is the kingdom,

            the power, and the glory forever.

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O Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins,

            And do not reward us according to our iniquities.

Let us pray.

O God, merciful Father, who does not ignore the sighing of a contrite heart or the anguish of the sorrowful: Mercifully help us to turn to you with prayer in all our troubles and adversities; and graciously hear us so that the evils brought against us by the craft of the devil or the work of human hands may all come to nothing; and grant that we your servants may not be harmed by any persecutions, but may evermore give thanks to you in your holy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

            O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for your Name's sake.

O Lord, we have heard with our ears and our ancestors have declared to us the noble works that you have done from of old,

            O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for your honor.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

            As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.        Amen.

 

From our enemies defend us, O Christ.

            Graciously look upon our afflictions.

Behold with pity the sorrow of our hearts.

          Mercifully forgive the sins of your people.

By your favor and mercy, hear our prayers.

 Jesus, Son of David, have mercy upon us.

Hear us, Lord Christ, now and always.

            Graciously hear us, O Lord Christ.

O Lord, let your mercy be shown to us,

            As we do put our trust in you.

Let us pray.

We humbly ask you, O Father, to look upon our infirmities with mercy; and for the glory of your name to turn away from us all those evils that we have most justly deserved; and grant that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in your mercy; and that we may evermore serve you in holiness and purity of life, to your honor and glory; through our Advocate and only Mediator, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Free prayers may be offered here, as the Spirit leads

 

Prayer of St. John Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his name, you will be in the midst of them and hear them. Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

 

The Blessing – 2 Corinthians 13:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all evermore. Amen.