May 9, 2012

Prayer Litany of the Ascension

Here’s a prayer litany for Ascension Day from the Lutheran Church of Australia.

Ascension Day Litany

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

O Christ, hear us.
O Christ, graciously hear us.

Jesus, King of glory, your disciples saw you ascend into heaven:
Have mercy on us.
You are seated in glory at the right hand of the Father:
Have mercy on us.
All power in heaven and earth has been given to you, and you rule forever:
Have mercy on us.
You are adored by all God's angels:
Have mercy on us.
You have opened the kingdom of God to all who believe:
Have mercy on us.
You are able to save completely those who come to God through you:
Have mercy on us.
You promise to give whatever we ask in your name:
Have mercy on us.
You are present through your body and blood in the sacrament of the altar:
Have mercy on us.
You have gone to prepare a place for us:
Have mercy on us.
You will come again in glory to judge the living and dead:
Have mercy on us.
You will take us to yourself, so that where you are, there we may be also:
Have mercy on us.

By your glorious resurrection and ascension,
save us, good Lord.
By your all-powerful intercession,
save us, good Lord.
By your triumphant majesty and power,
save us, good Lord.

That we who have risen with you may set our minds on things that are above,
not on things that are on earth;
hear us, good Lord.
That we may be holy and without blame before you in love;
hear us, good Lord.
That we may keep your commandments and remain in your love;
hear us, good Lord.
That you would remain with us through the power of the Comforter;
hear us, good Lord.
That we may have peace in you;
hear us, good Lord.
That you would pour out your Holy Spirit on your church:
hear us, good Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world:
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world:
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world:
Give us your peace.

Risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ, we know that you are seated at the right hand of the Father in majesty. Send us your Holy Spirit, so that we may also be strengthened to know your constant presence with us according to your promise to remain with us until the end of the age. We ask this in your name, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

— from the website of the Lutheran Church of Australia’s Worship Planning Page.