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A Litany for Japan

A Litany for Japan

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
Have mercy upon us.
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy upon us.
O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,
Have mercy upon us.
O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,
Have mercy upon us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us and for the people of Japan.
Hear our prayers, O Christ our God.
Arise, O Christ, and help us.
For all who have died in the earthquake and tsunami striking Japan that they may be given entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of all your saints,
Arise, O Christ, and help us.
For all who grieve the death of family, friends, and fellow citizens that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come,
Arise, O Christ, and help us.
For all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit that they may be comforted, healed, and given courage and hope,
Arise, O Christ, and help us.
For all aid workers, that they may be filled with strength, generosity, and compassion,
Arise, O Christ, and help us.
For the wisdom, resources, and technological skill that a nuclear disaster might be averted,
Arise, O Christ, and help us.
For eyes to see that you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth and linked our lives one to another that we may never forget our common life depends on each otherís toil and that we will always work for the common good,
Arise, O Christ, and help us.
Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Written by Michael K. Marsh, a priest of the Episcopal Church serving a parish in the Diocese of West Texas. He says, "Though my life is active I try to live contemplatively with silence, stillness, and occasionally solitude. I am drawn towards the desert, monasticism, and the patristic tradition of Orthodoxy. I seek to stand at the intersection of Episcopal breadth and Orthodox depth." His blog is at http://interruptingthesilence.com/2011/03/15/a-litany-for-japan/







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