“Good Lord Deliver Us”

“The world” is the general name for all the passions. When we wish to call the passions by a common name, we call them the world. But when we wish to distinguish them by their special names, we call them the passions. The Tintern Abbey insidepassions are the following: love of riches, desire for possessions, bodily pleasure from which comes sexual passion, love of honor which gives rise to envy, lust for power, arrogance and pride of position, the craving to adorn oneself with luxurious clothes and vain ornaments, the itch for human glory which is a source of rancor and resentment, and physical fear. Where these passions cease to be active, (in the saints) there the world is dead; for though living in the flesh, they did not live for the flesh. See for which of these passions you are alive. Then you will know how far you are alive to the world, and how far you are dead to it. (St. Isaac the Syrian [7th century])

Remember not  Lord, our offences, nor the Offences of our forefathers, neither take thou  vengeance of our sins : spare us good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast  redeemed with thy most precious blood, and be not angry with us for ever.

Spare us, good Lord.

From all evil and  mischief, from sin, from the crafts, and assaults of the devil, from thy wrath,  and from everlasting damnation.

Good Lord deliver us.

From all  blindness of heart, from pride, vain glory, and hypocrisie, from envy, hatred,  and malice, and all uncharitablenes.

Good Lord deliver us.

From fornication,  and all other deadly sin, and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and  the devil.

Good Lord deliver us.

From lightning  and tempest, from plague, pestilence, and famine; from battel, and murder, and  from sudden death.

Good Lord deliver us.

From all  sedition, privy conspiracy, and rebellion from all false doctrine, schism &  heresy from hardnes of heart, and contempt of thy word and commandemente

Good Lord deliver us.

By the mysterie  of thy holy Incarnation, by thy holy Nativitie, and Circumcision, by thy  Baptism, Fasting, and Temptation.

Good Lord deliver us.

By thine Agony,  and bloody sweat, by thy Cross and Passion, by thy precious Death, and Buriall, by thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension, and by the coming of the holy  Ghost.

Good Lord deliver us.

(Book of Common Prayer 1662)


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