Wednesday, December 18, 2013

HWP: Old Testament Saints

We often talk about Saints and reference those whom the Church has canonized and we implore through the liturgy and private devotion. We can easily forget, though, that a saint is simply someone who is in Heaven. So, while we have canonized saints we can pray too for various causes, there is a whole host of other people in Heaven alongside them also praying for us. Some of them are friends or family who have gone before us, but many more are strangers to us (for now). Among them are also many figures from the Old Testament who, while not canonized, have been held as saint-like figures from pre-Christian times. The Church traditionally honors Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael on December 16 and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob on December 20. So I figured, in this Advent season, why not invoke some of those saintly figures from ancient times who helped prepare the way of the Lord and continue to help us do so even today?! With that in mind I was able to dig up this little gem:



Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
God of Abraham, Have mercy on us.
God of Bethel, Have mercy on us.
Mighty One of Jacob, Have mercy on us.
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Have mercy on us.
God Almighty, Have mercy on us.
God the Most High, Have mercy on us.
Yahweh, Have mercy on us.

Archangel Michael, Pray for us.
Archangel Gabriel, Pray for us.
Archangel Raphael, Pray for us.
All you holy angels and archangels, Pray for us.
Noah,  Pray for us.
All you holy people before the flood, Pray for us.
Abraham, Pray for us.
Isaac, Pray for us.
Jacob, Pray for us.
Joseph, Pray for us.
All you holy patriarchs, Pray for us.
Aaron, Pray for us.
All you holy priests, Pray for us.
Moses, Pray for us.
Joshua, Pray for us.
All you holy leaders, Pray for us.
David, Pray for us.
All you holy kings, Pray for us.
Job, Pray for us.
Tobit, Pray for us.
All you holy men, Pray for us.
Sarah, Pray for us.
Rebecca, Pray for us.
Rachel, Pray for us.
Miriam, Pray for us.
Deborah, Pray for us.
Ruth, Pray for us.
Hannah, Pray for us.
Judith, Pray for us.
Esther, Pray for us.
All you holy women, Pray for us.
Samuel, Pray for us.
Jeremiah, Pray for us.
Ezekiel, Pray for us.
Daniel, Pray for us.
Malachias, Pray for us.
Elijah, Pray for us.
Elisha, Pray for us.
Isaias, Pray for us.
All you holy prophets, Pray for us.
Abel, Pray for us.
Eleazar, Pray for us.
Ananias, Pray for us.
Azarias, Pray for us.
Misael, Pray for us.
All you holy martyrs and heroic witnesses,Pray for us.

All you holy men and women, Old Testament saints of God, Make intercession for us.
Be merciful, Spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful, Graciously hear us, O Lord.

From all evil, O Lord, deliver us.
From all sin, O Lord, deliver us.
From breaking Your Commandments, O Lord, deliver us.
From falling away from the Faith, O Lord, deliver us.
From doubting Your Word, O Lord, deliver us.
From denying Your Name, O Lord, deliver us.
From fear of proclaiming Your Name, O Lord, deliver us.
From lack of sincere repentance, O Lord, deliver us.
From losing hope, O Lord, deliver us.
From fear of fraternal correction, O Lord, deliver us.
From doubt of Your Power, O Lord, deliver us.
From all false desires, O Lord, deliver us.
From lack of zeal in Your service, O Lord, deliver us.

We sinners, We implore You, hear us.
That we continue to walk by faith, We implore You, hear us.
That we witness to You regardless of human respect, We implore You, hear us.
That we grow in love for Your Holy Word, We implore You, hear us.
That we appreciate the blessing of having children, We implore You, hear us.
That we overcome evil by the power of good, We implore You, hear us.
That we who have more respond more, We implore You, hear us.
That the Jewish nation will recognize You, We implore You, hear us.
That all non-Christians will come to the Light, We implore You, hear us.
That You would give eternal rest to the faithful departed, We implore You, hear us.
That You would grant my special intention, We implore You, hear us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.


Amen.