20 March 2017

Litany of Penitence (The Anglican Service Book)

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

The Anglican Service Book is a volume that puts The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (USA) into the same style of English as found in The Book of Common Prayer 1928 (USA). The Litany of Penitence below is found in the Proper Liturgy for Ash Wednesday, but it may be prayed at any time:

Litany of Penitence

The Celebrant and People together, all kneeling

Most holy and merciful Father:
We confess to thee and to one another,
and to the whole communion or saints
in heaven and on earth,
that we have sinned by our own fault
in thought, word, and deed;
by what we have done, 
and by what we have left undone.

The Celebrant continues

We have not loved thee 
with our whole heart, and mind, and strength.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

We have not heard thy call to serve, as Christ served us.
We have not been true to the mind of Christ.
We have grieved thy Holy Spirit.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

We confess to thee, O Lord, all our past unfaithfulness:
the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,
We confess to thee, O Lord.
Our lust, gluttony, and abuse of others,
We confess to thee, O Lord.

Our anger, hatred, malice, and envy,
We confess to thee, O Lord.

Our laziness, 
our intemperate love 
of worldly goods and comforts, 
and our dishonesty in daily life and work, 
We confess to thee, O Lord.

Our negligence in prayer and worship, 
and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,
We confess to thee, O Lord.

Accept our repentance, O Lord, 
for the wrongs we have done:
for our blindness to human need and suffering, 
and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,
Accept our repentance, O Lord.

For all false judgments,
for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbours,
and for our prejudice and contempt 
toward those who differ from us,
Accept our repentance, O Lord.

For our poor stewardship and misuse of thy creation, 
and our lack of concern for the generations to come, 
Accept our repentance, O Lord.

Restore us, good Lord, and let thy anger depart from us;
Favourably hear us, for thy mercy is great.

Accomplish in us the work of thy salvation;
That we may show forth thy glory in the world.

By the cross and passion of thy Son our Lord,
Bring us with all thy saints to the joy of his resurrection.

The Bishop, if present, or the Priest, stands and facing the people, says

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of sinners, but rather that they may turn from their wickedness and live, hath given power and commandment to his ministers to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the absolution and remission of their sins. He + pardoneth and absolveth all those who truly repent, and with sincere hearts do believe his holy Gospel.

Therefore we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do on this day, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy, so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Anglican Service Book
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Rosemont, Pennsylvania