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The Anglican-Use Great Litany


Directions are underlined. When used by more than one person, the regular print (or the V.) is the leader and the italics (or the R.) represent the response. Instructions are underlined. Taken from The Book of Common Prayer/ Roman Catholic Anglican-Use Book of Divine Worship. To purchase the Book of Divine Worship please click on the previous link.

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
Have mercy upon us.

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

O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,
Have mercy upon us.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,
Have mercy upon us.

Saint Mary, Mother of God our Lord Jesus Christ,
Pray for us.

All holy Angels and Archangels,
and all holy Orders of blessed Spirits,
Pray for us.

All holy Patriarchs and Prophets;
Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors and Virgins;
and the blessed Company of Heaven,
Pray for us.

Remember not, Lord Christ, our offenses, nor the offenses
of our forefathers; neither take Thou vengeance of our sins.
Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast
redeemed with thy most precious blood
And be not angry with us forever.
Spare us, good Lord

From all evil and mischief; from sin;
from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from thy wrath;
and from everlasting damnation,
Good Lord, deliver us

From all blindness of heart;
from pride, vainglory, and hypocrisy;
from envy, hatred, and malice;
and from all uncharitableness,
Good Lord, deliver us

From all inordinate and sinful affections;
and from all the deceits of the world,
the flesh, and the devil,
Good Lord, deliver us

From all false doctrine, heresy, and schism;
from hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word and commandment,
Good Lord, deliver us

From lightening and tempest;
from earthquake, fire, and flood;
from plague, pestilence, and famine,
Good Lord, deliver us

From all sedition, privy conspiracy, and rebellion;
from violence, battle, and murder;
and from dying suddenly and unprepared,
Good Lord, deliver us

By the mystery of thy holy Incarnation;
by thy holy Nativity and circumcision;
by thy Baptism, Fasting, and Temptation,
Good Lord, deliver us

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 thy Holy Ghost,
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

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,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord

That it may please thee to bless N. our Pope,
and N. our Bishop,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord

That it may please thee to illumine
all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons,
with true knowledge and understanding of thy Word;
and that both by their preaching and living,
they may set it forth, and show it accordingly,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord

That it may please thee to bless and keep all thy people,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord

That it may please thee
to send forth laborers into thy harvest
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord

That it may please thee to give to all 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,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord

That it may please thee to bring into the way of truth
all such as have erred, and are deceived,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord

That it may please thee to give us a heart
to love and fear thee,
and diligently to live after thy commandments,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord

That it may please thee to strengthen such as do stand;
and to comfort and help the weak-hearted;
and to raise up those who fall;
and finally to beat down Satan under our feet,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee so to rule the hearts of thy servants,
N., the President of the United States,
and all others in authority,
that they may above all things seek thy honor and glory,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord

That it may please thee to guide all Judges and Magistrates,
giving them grace to execute justice, and to maintain truth,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee
to give to all nations unity, peace, and concord,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord

That it may please thee to show thy pity upon all prisoners
and captives, all who are in want,
and all who are desolate and oppressed,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to give and preserve
to our use the kindly fruits of the earth,
so that in due time we may enjoy them,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to preserve, and provide for,
all women in childbirth, all infirm persons, and young children;
and all who are bereft of spouse or parent,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to preserve all who are in peril
by reason of their labor or their travel,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to succor, help, and comfort,
all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to have mercy upon all men,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

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,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to forgive our enemies,
persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to grant that,
by the intercession of ( N. and of) all thy Saints,
we may finally attain to thy heavenly kingdom,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please thee to grant to all the faithful departed
eternal rest and perpetual light,
We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

Son of God, we beseech thee to hear us.
Son of God, we beseech thee to hear us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
Grant us thy peace.

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

When the Litany is said or sung immediately before Mass, the Litany concludes here, the Mass beginning with the Kyrie.

Lord, have mercy upon us (or Kyrie eleison).
Christ, have mercy upon us (or Christe eleison).
Lord, have mercy upon us. (or Kyrie eleison).

Minister and People
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.

The Minister may, at his discretion, omit all that followeth, to the Prayer..."We humbly beseech Thee...

O Lord, deal not with us according to our sins.
Neither reward us according to our iniquities.

The Officiant concludes with the following or some other Collect.
Let us pray.
O God, merciful Father,
who despisest not the sighing of a contrite heart,
nor the desire of such as are sorrowful;
Mercifully assist our prayers which we make before thee
in all our troubles and adversities, whensoever they oppress us;
and graciously hear us, that those evils
which the crafts and subtlety of the devil or man worketh against us,
may, by thy good providence, be brought to nought;
that we thy servants, being hurt by no persecutions,
may evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this

Almighty God,
who hast promised to hear the petitions
of those who ask in thy Son's Name;
We beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ear to us
who have now made our prayers and supplications unto thee;
and grant that those things
which we have asked faithfully according to thy will,
may be obtained effectually, to the relief of our necessity,
and to the setting forth of thy glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The officiant may add other Prayers, and end the Litany, saying:
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.

The Supplication below is for use in the Litany in place of the Versicle and Collect which follows the Lord's Prayer; or at the end of Morning or Evening Prayer; or as a separate devotion; especially in times of war, or of national anxiety, or of disaster.

O Lord, arise, help us;
And deliver us for thy Name's sake.

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.
O Lord, arise, help us;
And deliver us for thy Name's sake.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
O Lord, arise, help us,
and deliver us for thy Name s sake.

V. From our enemies defend us, O Christ;
R. Graciously look upon our afflictions.
V. With pity behold the sorrows of our hearts;
R. Mercifully forgive the sins of thy people.
V. Favorably with mercy hear our prayers;
R. O Son of David, have mercy upon us.
V. Both now and ever vouchsafe to hear us, O Christ.
R. Graciously hear us, O Christ; graciously hear us, O Lord Christ.

The Officiant concludes:
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 justly 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 honor and glory; through our only Mediator and Advocate,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.