Day 14- Strength Training

After the “Apostles’ Creed” we continue with a series of prayers which include a short “preces” or versicle (“The Lord be with you”) and response (“And also with you”), the “Kýrie, eléison”, the Lord’s Prayer and a concluding preces:

The Prayers follow

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Our Father, in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. AMEN.

Lord show us Your mercy.
And grant us Your salvation.
Create in us clean hearts, O God.
And renew us by Your Holy Spirit.

Τhe phrase “Kýrie, eléison” means Lord have mercy. It has been included in liturgies as far back as the 4th century.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

The prayer is both a petition and an offering of thanks. It is an acknowledgment of what God has done, what God is doing, and what He has promised to do. It has its roots in the following scriptures:

1 Chronicles 16:34 (NKJV)
34 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Psalm 6:2 (NKJV)
2 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.

The concept of the “Kýrie, eléison” is reflected in the Parable of the Publican in Luke 18:9-14:

Luke 18:9-14
9 He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others. 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: ‘God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortionists, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn’t even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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