2009-06-24

A Litany to Pray Upon the Reading of Church Blogs


Rubric: This Litany will help after reading Church blogs and news websites who capitalize and sensationalize schism and heresy in the Church for the purpose of increased readership. It is effective after reading blogs and websites of all persuasions, whether left or right, high or low. When you experience signs of nausea, mental exhaustion, blurring eyes, or demon possession after imbibing these types of blogs, simply pray this Litany. It may be helpful also to sing a hymn such as "The Church's One Foundation", "Amazing Grace", or "Lift High the Cross".

Jesus, the Lord of the Church and the Lord of History:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, that Word become flesh who speaks the Word of Life:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, the Center of the Cosmos and the Center of our Lives:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, who crucified sin and put death to death upon the cross:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, who defeated the power of evil by rising physically from the grave:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, who is the Plot of Scripture, and the Key to the Church's teaching:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, who accepted the outcast, included the unworthy, and loved the least of us:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, who stood against the powers, the powerful, the privileged, and the oppressors:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, who sends us on your mission to spread the Good News of yourself to all creation:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, whose mission intertwines preaching and healing, teaching and justice, word and sacrament, speech and deed:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, who gives us your Word to heal and liberate, not to argue and ignore:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, for all the times we forget that you are the Point instead of our talking points:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, for all the times we manipulate truth about our enemies on behalf of your Truth:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, for all the times we confuse our worship of You with the You we worship:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, for all the times we confuse our words about you with Your Word:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, for all the times we want to be right more than we want to be servants:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, for all the times we worry about events we cannot control instead of serving those you put in our life:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, for all the times we put power politics before your healing power:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, for all the times we confuse our kingdoms of property and income and ownership and legality and rights with your Kingdom of Light:
Have Mercy Upon Us.

Jesus, for all the times we read and rehearse the lies that help us fall into all of these idolatries, instead of falling deeper in Love with you and your people:
Have mercy upon us, heal us, and convert us once again. Amen+
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