At some time in the day or night think upon and call to mind all who are sick and sorrowful, who suffer affliction and poverty, the pain which prisoners endure who lie heavily fettered in iron; think especially of the Christians who are amongst the heathen, some in prison, some in as great thraldom as is an ox or an ass; compassionate those who are under strong temptation; take thought of all men´s sorrows, and sigh to our Lord that he may take care of them, and have compassion, and look upon them with a gracious eye; and if You have leisure, repeat this Psalm “I have lifted up mine eyes, etc” Paternoster. Return, o Lord, how long, and be entreated in favor of Thy servants.”

The Ancrene Riwle (Wisse)

An example of Intercession

Remember, o Lord, this congregation present, and those who are absent with good cause; have mercy upon them, and upon us, according to the multitude of Thy loving-kindness; fill their garners with good things; preserve their marriages with peace and love; take care of their little ones; lead their youth; give strength to the aged; comfort the timid and afraid; bring home the scattered, restore those who have erred; and unite them all in Thy holy catholic and apostolic church. Succor those who are vexed with unclean spirits; go with all traveling by sea or land; protect the widow, shelter the fatherless, deliver those in the mines; and those in exile; those in distress or poverty, or any kind of trouble. Remember all who stand in need of Thy pity; those that love us; those that hate us; those who desire our prayers, unworthy though we be to offer them to Thee. Remember, o Lord, all Thy people, and pour upon them in abundance of Thy goodness, granting all their prayers unto salvation. All those whom we have not remembered through ignorance or forgetfulness, or through the multitude of their names, do Thou Thyself call to mind, o God, who knowest the name and age of each even from his mother´s womb. For Thou, o Lord, art the Helper of the helpless; the Hope of the homeless, the Saviour of the tempest-tossed, the Harbor of the voyager, and the Physician of the sick. Be Thou all things to all men. For Thou knowest them all, their petitions, their dwellings, and their minds.

Basil of Caesarea quoted in Dobberstein (1986) Pg. 392f

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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