The Great Litany

The Great Litany — prayer petitions for peace, salvation, the Church, ourselves, and the world, and more — opens the Divine Liturgy. As Fr. Thomas Hopko explains, the Great Litany is “the all-embracing prayer of the Church for everyone and everything.” Here is a recording of the opening prayer of the Divine Liturgy followed by the Great Litany with Prostopinije style chant, used in the Carpatho-Russian tradition. The pictures are from a youth group visit to Holy Protection Monastery:

Priest: Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.

THE GREAT LITANY OF PEACE

Priest: In peace let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the peace that comes from heaven above and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For peace throughout the whole world, for the welfare of the holy churches of God and for the union of them all, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For this holy church and for those who enter it with faith, devoutness and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our holy Ecumenical Patriarch (N) the Archbishop of Constantinople, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For his Eminence, our Most Reverend Metropolitan (N) (Our God-Loving Bishop (N)), for our esteemed priesthood, for the diaconate in Christ, for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the honorable government of our country and all civil authorities and for our armed forces, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For this city and for every city, village and countryside, and for those who with faith dwell in them, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For healthful seasons, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For those who travel by land, by sea and by air, for the sick, the suffering and for those who are held in captivity, and for their safety and salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath and want, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord, have mercy.

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

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Commemorating our ever holy, ever pure, ever blessed and glorious Lady, the Birth-giver of God and ever Virgin Mary together with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

People: To You, O Lord.

Priest: For to You are due all glory, honor and adoration, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

People: Amen.

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