Mar 18, 2018

Litany: Philippians 2: 6-11


Here’s a litany on the Hymn to Christ in Philippians 2. It was posted on the Life in Liturgy website.

A Litany on “The Mind of Christ”

Let us remember Jesus: 
Who, though he was rich,
for our sakes became poor and dwelt among us;
Who was content to be the child of a poor family;
Who lived the common life,
earning his living with his own hands
and declining no humble tasks;
Whom the common people heard gladly,
for he understood their ways.
Let us remember Jesus: 
Who was mighty in deed, healing the sick and afflicted,
using for others the powers he would not invoke for himself;
Who was master and Lord to his disciples,
yet was among them as their Companion
and as one who served.

Let us remember Jesus: 
Who loved people, yet retired from them to pray,
rose a great while before day,
watched through the night,
stayed in the wilderness,
went up into a mountain,
sought out a garden;
Who prayed for his tempted disciple,  
and for the forgiveness of all who rejected him,
and for the perfecting of those who received him;
Who observed good customs,
but defied conventions that did not serve the purposes of God.  
Who hated sin because he knew the cost of pride and selfishness,
of cruelty and impurity—the cost to humanity and to God.
May this mind be in us which was in Christ Jesus.

Let us remember Jesus: 
Who, when he was reviled, did not retaliate,
and when he suffered did not threaten;
who emptied himself and carried obedience to the point of death,
even death on the cross.
May this mind be in us which was in Christ Jesus.

Let us pray for Christ to dwell within our hearts.
O Christ, our only Savior,
so come to dwell in us
that we may go forth with the light of your hope in our eyes,
and with your faith and love in our hearts.  Amen. 

~ adapted from an unknown author by the editor of Life in Liturgy, from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). https://lifeinliturgy.wordpress.com/