Morning Litany


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All loving and gracious God, who permits us at this time to draw near to You, position our hearts aright, that we may lift up prayer and praise to You, trusting not in our own doings but trusting in Your great mercy, through Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
Bow down Your ear, 0 Lord, and listen to the poor and needy.

Rejoice in the soul of Your servant;
For unto You, 0 Lord, do I lift up my soul

For You, Lord are good, and ready to forgive,
And plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon You.

I will praise You, 0 Lord my God, with my whole heart;
And I will glorify Your name for evermore.

God Who covers Yourself with light as with a garment;
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain:

Who laid the foundations of the earth.
0 Lord, how manifold are Your works!

In wisdom have You made them all.
We praise You, 0 Lord.

We praise You that You redeemed our lives from destruction and bring us to Your holy dwelling.
We praise You, 0 Lord.

That You are made known to us in Your only begotten Son, Immanuel, God with us, who died, and rose again, and ascended on high to be our Intercessor and Advocate;
We praise You, 0 Lord.

Remember not our offenses, nor the offenses of our forefathers; neither take vengeance of our sins: 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 neglect of Your law and contempt of Your grace; from rejecting Your Son, and from grieving Your Spirit;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From pride, presumption, and arrogance; from dis­honoring parents, magistrates, and governments; and from all irreverence;

Good Lord, deliver us.

From wronging the poor; from envying the rich; from keeping back the hire of labor; and from rendering eye-service;
Good Lord deliver us.

From all false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from anarchy, riot, bloodshed, and rebellion ;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From corruption in office and in judgment; from sectional divisions, and partisan strife;
Good Lord, deliver us.

From false maxims of cunning and greed; from immorality, vice, and unseemliness; from the cor­ruption of our youth, and the godless pursuit of pleasure or gain ;
Good Lord, deliver us.

We beseech You, Lord, that You will give to the earth fruitful seasons, that Your poor may have bread.
We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

That You will prosper and sanctify those who go down to the sea in ships; those who labor in mines, factories, and mills; those who sow fields and reap harvests; those who buy, sell, and carry merchan­dise; and all other toilers; that they may be united in Christian love and service for the furtherance of Your kingdom;
We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please You to consecrate the industries of Your people, giving us wisdom and grace, that as riches increase we may not set our hearts upon them, but use them, in the fear of God, for the downfall of evil and the triumph of good ;
We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please You to watch over all schools of learning, giving discernment to those who preside over them, and grace to those who are gathered in them ;
We beseech You to hear us, good Lord

That it may please You to consecrate all science and literature to the promotion of peace, purity, and piety; to guide inquirers after truth and seekers after righteousness; to impart skill and give direction to physicians and all who minister to the sick; and to bestow a spirit of righteousness and justice upon ad­vocates and judges;
We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please You with Your grace to visit all hospitals, asylums, and benevolent institutions, direct­ing their efforts to the bodily and spiritual help of those to whom they minister;
We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

That You will send into ;ails, prisons, and reforma­tories, the light of Your truth and the sanctifying in­fluences of Your Spirit ;

We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

That You will speedily abolish drinking saloons, gambling places, and all haunts of vice, with their hosts of evils; and make haste to deliver men from the scourge of intemperate passions and lusts;
We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

That You will bless all householders, parents, and guardians of young children, to the end that, by a godly example, they may lead into the Christian faith those who are committed unto them ;
We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please You to bless and preserve the President of these United States, and the Governor of this State [Territory], with all rulers and magistrates, giving them grace to execute justice and to maintain truth;
We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please You to illuminate all pastors, preachers, and teachers with true knowledge and understanding of Your word ; and that both by speak­ing and living they may set it forth accordingly;
We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please You to give to all Your people increase of grace to hear meekly Your word, and to receive it with pure affection, and to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit;
Be pleased to hear us, good Lord

That it may please You to sustain those who are perplexed with the cares of home; to defend and provide for the fatherless children and widows, and all who are desolate and oppressed; to succor, help, and comfort those who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation;
Be pleased to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please You to Five to all nations unity, peace, and concord ; to bind into oneness with us the strangers who are come to dwell among us, and to make of us a people to Your praise ;
Be pleased to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please You to strengthen and guide all missionaries of the cross, comforting them in persecu­tions and dangers, and giving success to Your blessed gospel in every land, that Your people may speedily say: The kingdom of the world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ: and he shall reign for ever and ever;
Be gracious and hear us, good Lord

Son of God, we beseech You to hear us.
Son of God, me beseech You to hear us.

0 Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world;
Grant us Your mercy

We humbly beseech You, 0 Father, mercifully to look upon our infirmities; and, for the glory of Your 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 Your mercy, and evermore serve You in holiness and pureness of living, to Your honor and glory; through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord.*  Amen.

From The American Book of Church Services

A Litany and Prayer for Advent


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O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care;

— Come and show your people the way to salvation.

O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, you showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush and gave him the holy law on Mt. Sinai;

— Come, stretch out your might hand to set us free.

O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you;

— Come, let nothing deter you from coming to our aid.

O Key of David, O royal power of  Israel, you control at your will the gate of heaven;

— Come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom.

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice;

— Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

O King of the nations, the only joy of every heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of humankind;

— Come and save the creatures you fashioned from the dust.

O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people.

— Come and set us free, Lord our God.

The Spirit and the Bride say: Come!

— Amen, Lord Jesus, come soon!

Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love and our minds are searching for the light of your Word.Increase our longing for Christ our Savior and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence and welcoming the light of his truth. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. — AMEN.

This litany and prayer for advent comes from the prayer book Franciscans at Prayer (1982) and draws on the O Antiphons of Advent to create a prayer of the faithful that seeks to make the antiphons relevant to people today.

Thanks to <> for first publishing this litany

The Father of All


0 FATHER of all the races of men, Father of the whole great human family, how have we darkened and obscured Your face! Everywhere have You shed Your heavenly light, and we have blinded our eyes, and then have said that we could not see it. We have dreamed that the sun of Your truth shone only upon our own little strip of land, and that beyond was outer darkness. But how utterly different do we find You to be, 0 Lord, when we see that You who are our Father are also Father of all; that everywhere there is light from You, if men will but perceive and use it; that all paths shall lead to You that are trodden in love and purity. Then, 0 God, do we know You are great, with a greatness before unknown to us; then do we know indeed You are loving, leaving none alone in the darkness.

Book: Alone To The Alone Prayers For Theists, Edited, With A Preface, By Frances Power Cobbe 2nd Edition By Several Contributors Publisher: London: Williams and Norgate 1872
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015

Shed Your Light Prayer

God of love and light we ask You to shed Your light into the darkness of our hearts, into the darkness of the hearts of those that seek to destroy this world through hatred, bitterness, anger, resentment, and in the name of religion.  God You are perfect love, let those that live in the world of terror, addiction, and prejudice find You in the midst of their darkness. In and through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray. Amen (Karrol 2015)

Daily Prayer No. 8



Almighty God, who has redeemed us to Yourself with the precious blood of Your dear Son; grant that we may live no longer to ourselves, but to Him who died for us and rose again. Direct us always by Your grace, O merciful God, and lead us continually by Your Spirit.

Give us good and holy thoughts, pure, gentle, and peaceable dispositions, an entire submission to Your will, a perfect love for You, O God, and a sincere charity towards all mankind.

Wean our hearts from sin and the vanity of this world, and give us grace to have them always lifted up to heaven where our treasure is; so that watching and praying without ceasing, and living in temperance, righteousness, and piety, we may pass our days in peace, waiting for the glorious return of our Savior; and that when He shall come to judge the world, we may appear before You without confusion, and without fear. (Unknown)



MOST merciful God, who hates nothing that You have made, and do not desire the death of the sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live; we beseech You to have mercy upon impenitent and unbelieving souls, especially upon such as may be present here in this place. Awaken in them by Your Holy Spirit, a deep sense of their sinfulness and peril; take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of Your word; make them to know and feel that there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby they’ must be saved, but only the Name of Jesus: and so fetch them home and number them among Your children, that they may be Yours forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit one God, world without end. Amen. (Ancient Collect)

For Assistance in Daily Work


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Ο GOD, Who knows that we are not sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but that all our sufficiency is of You, assist us with Your grace in all the work which we are to undertake this week. Direct us in it by Your wisdom, support us by Your power, that doing our duty diligently, we may bring it to a good end, so that it may be profitable to our souls, and tend to the greater glory of Your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (Treasury of Devotion, A.D. 1872.)

Prayer of Worship


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O GOD, Who is holy, and rest in the holy places, Who is hymned by the Seraphim, glorified by the Cherubim, and adored by all the heavenly powers, Who has vouchsafed that we, Your humble and unworthy servants, should now pay to You O God, worship and praise. Receive, Ο Lord, we ask You, our fervent thanksgiving, and grant that we may serve You in holiness and peace all the days of our life. Blessed are You, Ο Lord God of our fathers, You are to be praised and exalted above all forever, and blessed be Your glorious and holy Name. Yours, Ο Lord, is the greatness and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty, for all that is in the heaven and in the earth, all is Yours.

Yours is the kingdom, Ο Lord, and You are exalted as Head above all. We will sing to the Lord a new song. Ο Lord, You are great and glorious, wonderful in strength and invincible. Let all creatures serve You, for You spoke and they were made. You sent forth Your Spirit and they were created. Ο God, You are worthy to be praised with all pure and holy praise, therefore let Your saints praise You with all Your creatures, and let all Your angels and Your elect praise You forever. Let our soul bless God, the great King, for worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing, both now and evermore. Amen

(St. Chrysostom, A.D. 347.)

Evening Prayer No. 50


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O Eternal God, who dwells in the High and Holy place, behold us this night with Your favor. We cast ourselves down before You with the deepest humility. O God, You are infinite in power and glorious in majesty, but we are as a thing of naught, and frail children of the dust. You are from everlasting to everlasting, but our days on the earth are as a shadow, and we spend our years as a tale that is told. You are the thrice Holy Jehovah, but we are as an unclean thing, and our iniquities bear witness against us.

We pray O Lord, grant unto us true brokenness of Spirit. Teach us more and more our exceeding unworthiness. Make us to know our iniquity and our sin. May we look at ourselves in the glass of Your holy Word, and learn there our true character. May we cast away every self-righteous excuse, and own our guiltiness and just desert of Your anger.

O God, we bless You that You have promised to make Your dwelling with the lowly and contrite in heart. Fulfill this promise unto us this night. Come and make Your abode with us by Your Good Spirit. May we rejoice that You are near to us as our Father and our Friend. We dare meet You only at the cross of Jesus. We would make His name and the sacrifice our only plea. May the sweet savor of His Sacrifice be upon us, and may we ever have peace with You through Him, our only Hope.

Give unto us, O Lord, the consolation of daily communion with You. May we hear Your voice speaking to us continually out of Your Word. May we delight to tell You all our wants, and pour out our hearts before You.

Let Your quickening Spirit ever abide with us and strengthen us in Your service. Work in us both to will and to do of Your good pleasure. You are our Father, we are the clay and You our Potter. O forsake not the work of Your hands, but make us perfect in every good work to do Your will. Work in us i that which is well-pleasing in Your sight, through Jesus Christ, and cleanse us from all the imperfection that cleaves to us in His precious blood.

We plead with You this night for all the children of sorrow, especially for any known to us. Have compassion on the widow and the fatherless, and on those who are anyways afflicted and distressed in mind, body, or estate. Leave them not comfortless, O Father, but lead them to take shelter in Christ as their Refuge. Mercifully look upon any who may be near unto death. Turn their eyes to Him who is the Resurrection and the Life. Let Your rod and staff comfort them in the dark valley through which they are passing.

O Father, receive us and all we love to Your care this night, and accept these our prayers, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen

Our Father, etc.

Book: Before His Footstool Family Prayers for One Month
Author: Rev. George Everard, M.A.
Publisher: LONDON: William Hunt and Company 1874
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2015

Prayer of Supplication


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Give ear, O Lord, to our prayer, and attend to the voice of our supplication.

Make us poor in spirit: that ours may be the kingdom of heaven.

Make us to mourn for sin: that we may be comforted by Your grace.

Make us meek: that we may inherit the earth.

Make us to hunger and thirst after righteousness: that we may be filled therewith.

Make us merciful: that we may obtain mercy.

Make us pure in heart: that we may see You.

Make us peacemakers: that we may be called Your children.

Make us willing to be persecuted for righteousness’ sake: that our reward may be great in heaven.

O God, true and highest Life, by whom, through whom, and in whom, all things live, which live truly and blessedly; pity and help us, accordingly as You knows we have need, in body and in soul, that casting off all that entangles us, we may serve and cleave to God alone, who knows all things, and can perform all things, and who lives forevermore. Amen — Unknown


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