A Litany for Mercy

M: Turn away, O Lord, the fierceness of your wrath, and in pity spare your people:
C: Have mercy.

M:  Grant a favorable and speedy answer to the prayers of all:
C: Have mercy.

M: O Christ, look on our hardships, free us from the bonds of death, and grant us life:
C: Have mercy.

M: See our tears–hear our sighs, and now, at last, in pity, forgive our sins:
C: Have mercy.

M: Though none of us are worthy to be heard, O Christ, for your own sake help us:
C: Have mercy. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Breviary

Source of this version: Prayers of the Middle Ages: Light from a Thousand Years,  J. Manning Potts, Ed. Nashville, Tennessee: The Upper Room, © 1954 (Public domain in the U.S.)


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Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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