Christ is in our midst!

For a decade now I have been using a prayer adapted from the prayer of Pope St. Gelasius on the Sunday that falls in the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity.

My source for the prayer notes that Pope Gelasius (AD 493-496) prescribed this "for the singing of the universal Church".

Today I was struck by the similarity of the order of the petitions to those found in the greater litanies of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom; leading me to wonder if Gelasius adapted that earlier liturgical prayer.

Thoughts?

Here is the version I used. The response is "hear our prayer"

Let us call with faith upon God our Father
through Jesus Christ, his beloved Son,
in the Holy Spirit, who inspires our prayer.

For the spotless Church of Jesus Christ,
that she may show forth into the world
the glory of the Lord,
let us ask for the riches of divine goodness:
Lord, in your mercy...

For those who faithfully dispense
the word of truth,
for those who exercise authority,
in the service of their sisters and brothers,
let us ask for the infinite wisdom of the Word of God:
Lord, in your mercy...

For those who direct the people,
that they may govern according to right and justice,
let us call upon the Kings of kings
and Master of nations:
Lord, in your mercy...

For those who are beginning to know
the name of Jesus Christ
and ardently desire divine mercy
let us call upon him who is the way, the truth,
and the life:
Lord, in your mercy...

For those held captive
by human weakness and frailty,
by the spirit of envy and hatred,
by the many error of the world,
let us implore the mercy of the Redeemer:
Lord, in your mercy...

For those who suffer in their flesh
or in their spirit,
those oppressed, slandered, or hopeless,
let us call upon the Lord who is close
to despondent hearts:
Lord, in your mercy...


For those who have been victims of error or lies,
those who do not know the light of the Gospel,
for those who despise it,
let us call upon the Lord of truth”
Lord, in your mercy...

For those whose love comes to the aid of the poor,
those who share their bread
with their less fortunate sisters and brothers,
let us pray to the Lord, the friend of the poor,
Lord, in your mercy...

For all of us gathered here,
that we may receive our daily bread
and pardon for our sins,
let us call upon our Father in heaven:
Lord, in your mercy...

For our brothers and sisters who have left this world
that they may enjoy eternal light and peace,
let us pray to Jesus Christ, the first-born of the dead:
Lord, in your mercy...

Lord Jesus Christ,
your resurrection has gathered together
the multitude of believers into a single community.

May your Church of today, like that of old,
have but one heart,
have but one soul.

Perfect our conversation as believers
that our discourse may reflect the unity
you share with the Father and the Holy Spirit
as you live and reign,
one God, now and forever.

Last edited by Thomas the Seeker; 01/24/10 06:39 PM.