Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Holy Disposition of Beatitude

 Sermon of the Beatitudes: James Tissot

The following litany is based on the Beatitudes as recounted in Luke 6: 17, 20~26.

A Litany of the Beatitudes
V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Christ, have mercy.
V. Lord, have mercy. Christ hear us.
R. Christ graciously hear us.

That we may become poor in spirit so that we may one day attain God's kingdom...
Christ Jesus, bless us.
That we may hunger for You in Word and Sacrament and so always be satisfied...
Christ Jesus, bless us.
That while on this earth we may weep over our sins and sinfulness, but one day laugh in the joy of Your mercy...
Christ Jesus, bless us.
When we are hated, excluded, insulted, and denounced as evil because of You, that on that day we may rejoice and leap for joy in the knowledge that our heavenly reward will be great...
Christ Jesus, bless us.
That those who seek to be filled with the riches of this world so to laugh and be thought highly of will have a change of heart...
Christ Jesus open their hearts to You.

Let us pray:
Heavenly Father,
You have shown us the way to You through Your Son, Jesus Christ. By Your grace, may we open our hearts and minds to His teaching and follow in His ways so that we may one day arrive safely in our heavenly home where we may praise You, Father , Son and Holy Spirit for all eternity.
We ask this through Jesus Christ Your Son who lives and reigns with You, one God for ever. Amen.


Colleen said...

I love that prayer. Thanks. Happy Valentines Day!

Michael said...

Beautiful litany. Thanks for sharing.

Gabriella said...

Indeed, that's a beautiful litany - I will use it for my meditation hour today with my 'confirmation' class :)

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.