adapted from St. John’s Prayer Book, St. John’s Church, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India Church of South India
Christ, be merciful unto us:
Hear us, Lord Jesus.
By your recovering of sight to the blind:
Remove from us all prejudice.
By your teaching on the mount:
Teach us to hunger and thirst after righteousness.
By your miracle at Cana:
Increase among us the joy of life.
By your parables about riches:
Help us to distribute.
By your words to those in authority:
Give us courage to rebuke the wrong in high places.
By your washing the disciples’ feet:
Teach us to serve others.
By your prayer on the cross:
Teach us to love our enemies.
By your cross and passion:
Help us to suffer for the truth’s sake.
By your presence in the church:
Keep us faithful to your law of love.
By your command to pray without ceasing:
Help us to live more nearly as we pray.
By the prayer you have given us:
Help us to do your will upon earth.
By your first and great commandment:
Make us to love God before all things.
By your equal insistence on love of others:
Make us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Renew your Spirit within us.
Renew your Spirit within us. Amen.