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St Laurence, Bradford-upon-Avon (tenth century).

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The interior of the tiny Saxon church of St Laurence in Bradford-upon-Avon, built in the 10th century.

The Litany of Supplication

This Litany is sung during the All-Night Vigil Service of the Orthodox Churches, shortly before the Biblical canticle ‘Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace’. In ordinary parishes and cathedrals the service is usually shortened to around two hours in length, but in monasteries it may indeed last all night. The Litany is led by the Deacon and the Choir, and taken up by the Priest.

The Litany of Supplication.

LET us complete our evening prayer unto the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Succour us, save us, be merciful unto us, and keep us, O God, by thy grace.
Lord, have mercy.

An evening all-perfect, holy, peaceful and sinless, let us beseech of the Lord.
Grant this, O Lord.

An Angel of Peace, the faithful guide and guardian both of our souls and bodies.
Grant this, O Lord.

The pardon and remission of our sins and transgressions.
Grant this, O Lord.

All things which are profitable to our souls and bodies, and peace to the world.
Grant this, O Lord.

That we may pass the residue of our life in peace and repentance.
Grant this, O Lord.

A Christian ending to our life, painless, blameless, peaceful; and a good defence before the dread Judgment Seat of Christ.
Grant this, O Lord.

Calling to remembrance our most holy, undefiled, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Birth-giver of God and ever-virgin Mary, with all the Saints, let us commend ourselves, and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.
To thee, O Lord.

(Priest) For thou art a gracious God, and lovest mankind, and unto thee we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now, and ever, and unto ages of ages.
Amen.

Peace be with you all.
And with thy spirit.

Let us bow our heads unto the Lord.
To thee, O Lord.

Blessed and glorified be the majesty of thy kingdom, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now, and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.