A Litany for Boston

This is a Litany for Boston that I put together this morning, modeled after the Great Litany from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, pages 148-155.  Depending on how things turn out today and tomorrow, we may well use something like this on Sunday morning at my church’s Morning Prayer service.  Of course, I invite any other church or individual to make use of this or something like it, too.

Section titles are in bold, and congregation responses (if this were to be used in public worship) are in italics.

Humbling ourselves before the throne of grace
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.

Remember not, Lord Christ, our offenses, nor the offenses of our forefathers; neither reward us according to our sins.  Spare us, good Lord, spare your people, whom you have redeemed with your most precious blood, and by your mercy preserve us forever.
Spare us, good Lord.

Litany concerning the Church, State, those involved, and all people
That your people may shine the light of Christ brightly to all affected by the attacks in Boston, we beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That, in your justice, no individual or authority may take evil advantage of this situation for dishonest or unlawful gain, we beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That your protection may be extended over the Boston area that no one else be injured or killed in the course of this manhunt, we beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
That you would move the hearts of those responsible for the bombings to true repentance, that they may know the true peace that comes from you alone, we beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
That your justice and mercy may be delivered to the suspect still at large, we beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That your mercy, love, and compassion may be poured out upon the injured, the bereaved, and the panicked, we beseech you to hear us, good Lord.
That we all may be delivered from prejudice, undue anger, and the sin of murder by hatred, we beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

A Litany of Thanksgivings
That so many emergency responders were available on Monday to contain the situation and tend to the wounded, we thank you O Lord.
That you have granted us a home in a country where incidents like these are so much rarer than in many other parts of the world, we thank you O Lord.
That the Westboro Baptist group did not show up for yesterday’s memorial service, resulting in no unpleasant confrontations, we thank you O Lord.
That the primary suspects are not from other nations, thus feeding a growing national prejudice, we thank you O Lord.

Psalm 44:1 with Antiphons
O Lord, arise, help us; and deliver us for your Name’s sake.
O God, we have heard with our ears, and our fathers have declared unto us the noble works that you did in their days, and in the old time before them.
O Lord, arise, help us; and deliver us for your Name’s sake.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; 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 your Name’s sake.

From our enemies defend us, O Christ;
    graciously behold our afflictions.
With pity behold the sorrows of our hearts;
    mercifully forgive the sins of your people.
Favorable with mercy hear our prayers;
    O Son of David, have mercy upon us.
Both now and ever be pleased to hear us, O Christ;
    graciously hear us O Christ; graciously hear us, O Lord Christ.

Prayer of Supplication
We humbly beseech you, O 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.

Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
Almighty God, who has promised that through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered in your Name, you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of your servants, granting us in this life, knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come, life everlasting.

Closing Blessing
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all evermore.


About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about liturgy & spiritual formation, theology & biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!
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