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Open us to hope, Oh Lord

I love the concept of a litany as a poetic form of ‘call and response’.  Also the fact that it is both prayer, petition and pleading but with a comforting rhythm and trust that it will be heard and heeded.  The Greek origin of the word means “entreaty” or “supplication”.

In prayer and religious ritual it has such positive cogitations, aside from the often regular usage of it in our everyday parlance as linked with woes.  From childhood days of Adoration and Benediction the memory  of the gentle sound of voices rising and sinking in unison, in prayerful rhythm, serve still as a reminder that someone is looking out for us.  This certainty heralds calm and sacredness to the otherwise stressful daily concerns.  Reminding us that litanies are about relationship, and keeping in touch.

This is all by way of sharing the translation of this beautiful Litany of Supplication used by Pope Francis at the prayer service and blessing on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday last (27th March 2020).  See  Vatican News Link

Litany of Supplication

We adore you, O Lord

True God and true man, truly present in this holy Sacrament.
     We adore you, O Lord
Our Savior, God with us, faithful and rich in mercy
     We adore you, O Lord
King and Lord of creation and of history
     We adore you, O Lord
Conqueror of sin and death
     We adore you, O Lord
Friend of humankind, the Risen One, the Living One who sits at the right hand of the Father.
     We adore you, O Lord

We believe in you, O Lord

Only begotten Son of the Father, descended from heaven for our salvation
     We believe in you, O Lord
Heavenly physician, who bows down over our misery
     We believe in you, O Lord
Lamb who was slain, who offer yourself to rescue us from evil
     We believe in you, O Lord
Good Shepherd, who give your life for the flock which you love
     We believe in you, O Lord
Living bread and medicine for immortality, who give us eternal life.
     We believe in you, O Lord

Deliver us, O Lord

From the power of Satan and the seductions of the world
     Deliver us, O Lord
From the pride and presumption of being able to do anything without you
     Deliver us, O Lord
From the deceptions of fear and anxiety
     Deliver us, O Lord
From unbelief and desperation
     Deliver us, O Lord
From hardness of heart and the incapacity to love.
     Deliver us, O Lord

Save us, O Lord

From every evil that afflicts humanity
     Save us, O Lord
From hunger, from famine and from egoism
     Save us, O Lord
From illnesses, epidemics and the fear of our brothers and sisters
     Save us, O Lord
From devastating madness, from ruthless interests and from violence
     Save us, O Lord
From being deceived, from false information and the manipulation of consciences.
     Save us, O Lord

Comfort us, O Lord

Protect your Church which crosses the desert
    Comfort us, O Lord
Protect humanity terrified by fear and anguish
    Comfort us, O Lord
Protect the sick and the dying, oppressed by loneliness
    Comfort us, O Lord
Protect doctors and healthcare providers exhausted by the difficulties the they are facing
    Comfort us, O Lord
Protect politicians and decision makers who bear the weight of having to make decisions.
    Comfort us, O Lord

Grant us your Spirit, O Lord

In the hour of trial and from confusion
     Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
In temptation and in our fragility
     Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
In the battle against evil and sin
     Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
In the search for what is truly good and true joy
     Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
in the decision to remain in you and in your friendship.
     Grant us your Spirit, O Lord

Open us to hope, O Lord

Should sin oppress us
     Open us to hope, O Lord
Should hatred close our hearts
     Open us to hope, O Lord
Should sorrow visit us
     Open us to hope, O Lord
Should indifference cause us anguish
     Open us to hope, O Lord
Should death overwhelm us.
     Open us to hope, O Lord

See also

27/03/2020

Pope’s special Urbi et Orbi blessing: ‘God turns everything to our good’

27/03/2020

Pope at Urbi et orbi: Full text of his meditation

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