Litany for the Church

Lord, be merciful to us.
Heal our souls, for we have sinned against you.

Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and give us your salvation. 
(Psalm 85:7)

Turn again, O Lord,
and be gracious to your servants.

May your mercy, O Lord, be on us,
even as we wait confidently for you.
(Psalm 33:22)

Let us pray for the Holy Church of God:
As it pleases you, do good for Zion. Build up the walls of Jerusalem. (Psalm 51:18)

May there be peace within your fortifications,
prosperity within your citadels. (Psalm 122:7)

May your priests be clothed with righteousness.
May your favored ones shout for joy. 
(Psalm 132:9)

Let us pray for our pastors and teachers:
Do not tear away the word of truth from their mouths, (Psalm 119:43)

That they will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of your name, O Lord our God. Amen. (Micah 5:4)

Source: Attributed to Abendgebet of the German Lutheran Church in Book of Prayers for Church and Home, ed. by Paine and Thompson, Philadelphia: Christian Education Press, 1962, p. 57.

Modified with scriptures taken or adapted from the Evangelical Heritage Version.


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

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