The Great Litany
“In peace let us pray to the Lord.”
It is only in peace that we can be united together in the Kingdom of God. This is the peace which surpasses all understanding. Phil. 4:7.
“For the peace from above and for the salvation of our souls.”
In the Church we are given the peace of Christ, which can only come from God and we are called to make this peace of Christ be the leaven sown in the world that might leaven the whole lump. I Col. 5:6.
“For the welfare of the holy churches of God … and for the union of all.”
This unity of all creation in God is the ultimate aim of this service.
“For this holy house and for those who enter with faith, reverence, and the fear of God.”
This is the condition for our genuine participation in the prayers and the sacrament.
“For the episcopate, for all the clergy and the people.”
All who manifest the body of Christ here and now.
“For this country, for this city, for the authorities, for all people, for seasonable weather, for the abundance of the fruits of the earth, for travelers by land or sea, for the sick and the suffering, for captives, for our deliverance from all affliction, danger, and necessity.”
Our prayer extends to and embraces all humankind, all life, all nature, the entire cosmos. The Church intercedes for all of creation.
“Commemorating our most holy, most pure, most blest Lady Theotokos … and all the saints.”
This last petition confirms for us that it is the whole Church with the Theotokos at her head that has now assembled together to celebrate and give thanks for this life in Christ our God.