Day 30 – Strength Training

For a change of pace you may want to include the “Litany” from time to time as part of your Daily Strength Training. A litany is a form of prayer in which the pastor or leader makes petitions or supplications, and the congregation provides a set response. The Litany begins by petitioning each member of the Trinity for mercy and forgiveness of sins.

The Litany is recommended for use on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and can be added to the Morning and Evening Prayers.

The Litany may be said or sung as a separate service; instead of the Prayers at Morning or Evening Prayer or before The Holy Communion.

When the Litany is used as a separate service, it may be preceded by a Psalm, one of the readings of the day, a short time of worship in song, and include a time for spontaneous prayers.

God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, Giver of life,
Have mercy on us.

Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Persons and one God,
Have mercy on us.….

….The Litany continues with a series of petitions seeking protection, deliverance, traveling mercies, etc., and asking God to hear and answer all the petitions that have been presented to Him.

The Litany was compiled by Thomas Cranmer for the Book of Common Prayer. Cramner drew on a variety of sources, including the medieval Sarum Rite and the German Liturgy of Martin Luther.

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