Feb 13, 2012

Litany: A Chosen People

Here’s a litany of confession and commitment from the Wellsprings website. Many of the themes are themes that resonate with the scripture readings for Lent, Year B (2012), so I’ve included this litany as a resource for those Sundays.

Litany of Confession:  We are People Chosen

One:     We are people, chosen from our generations
            to be Witnesses to the great Covenant
            that exists between the Creator and His Creation.
            God created atoms and universe—
            yet we are content to live in our own little worlds.
            God delights in colour and diversity; 
            yet we are blind and deaf to the grandeur of God that surrounds us.
 
            Eternal God of all Creation, 
            Your people ask pardon for their failure to recognise You
            in the glory of all that You have created:
 
All:       Lord have mercy/ Kyrie eleison
 
Two:     We are people, chosen from our generations
            to be Witnesses to the great Covenant
            that exists between Humanity and its Creator.
            Age upon age has seen the great things
            that God does for His faithful people—
            and we allow ourselves to be told
            that God is a spent force in our world.
            Age upon age, we have seen that God remembers His people—
            yet we live as though God has forgotten us.
 
All:       Lord have mercy/ Kyrie eleison
 
Three:   We are people chosen from our generations
            to be Witnesses to the great Covenant of Love
            between God and humanity,
            sealed in the blood of God's beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
            Jesus laid down His life to reconcile human beings with the Father,
            yet we are embarrassed to speak of sacrifice—
            let alone to live it.
            Jesus calls His disciples to follow Him—
            as their Way, their Truth, their Life,
            yet we remain convinced that our way is better— 
            and blame God when we get lost...
 
All:       Lord have mercy/ Kyrie eleison
 
Four:     We are people chosen from our generations 
            to be Witnesses to the power
            of God's creative and renewing Spirit alive in the world.
            The Spirit showers upon us the gifts of God's love—
            yet we see them as our own gifts and talents. 
            The Spirit calls forth fruit from our lives;
            yet we see them as our own achievements and accomplishments.
            In claiming them as our own,
            we forget from whom they come 
            and on whom we depend for these graces—and even for life itself
 
All:       Lord have mercy/ Kyrie eleison
 
Five:     We are people chosen from our generations
            to be Witnesses to God and to Jesus— 
            witnesses here and even to the ends of the earth.
            We are baptised in water—
            to witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus.
            We are baptised in the Spirit—
            confirmed in our Faith to proclaim
            the Good News of God's love and salvation to all people.
 
All:       God of truth and justice,
            we have not lived up to the great gifts
            that you have given to us.
            Have mercy on your people gathered before you;
            strengthen us in the certainty
            of your forgiveness and enduring love.
            Teach us how to respond to this greatest of gifts
            in lives full of grace,
            bearing fruit in our own love and forgiveness,
            witnessing always to your glory and your graciousness.
            We ask this in the name of your son and our Saviour,
            Jesus Christ.  Amen.

— Copyright © 2000 Wellspring Liturgies.  Visit their website for many other good liturgies. http://www.wellsprings.org.uk/liturgies/people.htm

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