Sunday, February 28, 2016

"That it may please Thee..."

From Thomas Cranmer's Great Litany:
We sinners do beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord God; and that it may please Thee to rule and govern Thy holy Church Universal in the right way,

That it may please Thee to give to all people increase of grace to hear and receive Thy Word, and to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit,

That it may please Thee to bring into the way of truth all such as have erred, and are deceived,

That it may please Thee to give us a heart to love and fear Thee, and diligently to live after Thy commandments,

That it may please Thee to show Thy pity upon all prisoners and captives, the homeless and the hungry, and all who are desolate and oppressed,

That it may please Thee to inspire us, in our several callings, to do the work which Thou givest us to do with singleness of heart as Thy servants, and for the common good,

That it may please Thee to visit the lonely; to strengthen all who suffer in mind, body, and spirit; and to comfort with Thy presence those who are failing and infirm,

That it may please Thee to support, help, and comfort all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation,

That it may please Thee to give us true repentance; to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances; and to endue us with the grace of Thy Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to Thy holy Word,

That it may please Thee to forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts,

That it may please Thee to strengthen such as do stand; to comfort and help the weak-hearted; to raise up those who fall; and finally to beat down Satan under our feet,

That it may please Thee to grant to all the faithful departed eternal life and peace,

We beseech Thee to hear us, good Lord.