Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Prayers for a Worthy Communion- series on the Divine Liturgy

At this point in the Divine Liturgy, we've experienced the epistle and Gospel readings and the consecration of the Most Holy Eucharist. We've sung to the Theotokos. Now, we are preparing for a worthy reception of the Eucharist with the following litany and more- my favorite portion of this part of the Divine Liturgy is "For a Christian, painless, blameless, peaceful end of our life, and for a good account before the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us beseech the Lord." I think that is what we all want most, even when we are blinded by sin.



Priest (silently): In You, O Gracious Master, we place our whole life and hope, and we beseech, pray and implore You: make us worthy to partake with a pure conscience of Your heavenly and awesome mysteries from this sacred and spiritual altar, for the remission of sins, for the pardon of transgressions, for the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, for the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven, for confidence in You, and not for judgment, nor condemnation.

PRIEST: Help, save, have mercy, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: That this whole day may be perfect holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us beseech the Lord.

PEOPLE: Grant it, O Lord.

PRIEST: For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us beseech the Lord.

PEOPLE: Grant it, O Lord.

PRIEST: For the pardon and remission of our sins and offenses, let us beseech the Lord.

PEOPLE: Grant it, O Lord.

PRIEST: For what is good and beneficial to our souls and for peace in the world, let us beseech the Lord.

PEOPLE: Grant it, O Lord.

PRIEST: That we may spend the rest of our life in peace and repentance, let us beseech the Lord.

PEOPLE: Grant it, O Lord.

PRIEST: For a Christian, painless, blameless, peaceful end of our life, and for a good account before the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us beseech the Lord.

PEOPLE: Grant it, O Lord.

PRIEST: Having prayed for unity of faith, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ, our God.

PEOPLE: To You, O Lord.


2 comments:

  1. Beautiful and inspiring :) thank you for this wonderful post in spite of your incredibly busy life. May God bless you, your husband, your family, and your wonderful blog.

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  2. Interesting to see the differences between the rites. We answer "Lord Have Mercy" instead of "Grant it O, Lord." But the priest parts are the same.

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