Kyrie Eleison, In Peace, For Peace

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
Help, save comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
Amen.

It is always a joy to sing this Lutheran adaptation of the ancient Orthodox Great Litany.

In Greek, the phrase “Lord, have mercy” is kyrie eleison. Its use in prayer was established so early that even Latin liturgies retained the Greek wording. Its presence in Christian liturgy is based on Jesus’ parable of the publican and the sinner (Luke 18:9-14).

Here is an English rendering of the Orthodox Great Litany from the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom (found, for example, here).

In peace let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of God and the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For peace in the whole world, for the stability of the holy churches of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For this holy house and for those who enter it with faith, reverence, and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For our Archbishop (Name), the honorable presbyters, the deacons in the service of Christ, and all the clergy and laity, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For our country, the president, and all those in public service, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For this parish and city, for every city and town, and for the faithful who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For favorable weather, an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and temperate seasons, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For travelers by land, sea, and air, for the sick, the suffering, the captives, and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and distress, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Help us, save us, have mercy upon us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.
Lord, have mercy.

Remembering our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commit ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

To You, O Lord.

Lord, our God, whose power is beyond compare, and glory is beyond understanding; whose mercy is boundless, and love for us is ineffable: look upon us and upon this holy house in Your compassion. Grant to us and to those who pray with us Your abundant mercy.

For to You belong all glory, honor, and worship to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

Amen.

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