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Litanies for the Village of Tyonek

Petitions for the triple litany in the Service of Thanksgiving:

Being mercifully delivered from fire, O Almighty Lord, we, your faithful people, give you thanks that, reaching out your hand of providential care, you stayed the devouring tongues of flame and protected us from destruction; and now preserve us always from the threat of fire, both temporal and eternal, we pray you, All-merciful Lord, hear us and have mercy.

O Lord, who rained fire out of heaven for the destruction of evil, we thank you that you have shown mercy on us, overlooking our sins and shielding us from the path of blazing fire, turning aside its scorching lines and preserving us unharmed. Guard us always by your might, keeping us untouched by the visible flames of material fire, and unharmed by the invisible flames of passion, quenching the wrath of both; we pray you, hear us and have mercy.


Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ our God, the living fire of deity who enlivens and enlightens the faithful, yet who are, to the ungodly, a consuming fire burning the straw and chaff of impiety: in the beginning, you created the solar fire, to give warmth and light for the sustenance of our life. In wisdom and beneficence, you made material fire as a gift and necessary implement for mankind and nature, which alike destroys and consumes, yet also clears and renews, the forests and meadows. We thank you that, disregarding our sins, you have had mercy on us and preserved us safe from fire's unruly excesses, curbing its insatiate appetite and steering its path away from harming us. Grateful for your mercy towards us, we return to you thanks, praise, and glory, entreating that you will always send your Angel to preserve your temple and our homes unharmed by consuming fire. And as you came to send a spiritual fire on the earth, warming chill hearts and enkindling in them the fire of love for you, we pray that you will melt our hard-heartedness in the furnace of your love, extinguishing within us the flames of passion, refining us in the fire of trial yet recasting us anew as vessels of the Spirit, bearing the dew of your grace. For you preserved the holy children in the fiery furnace, and you were the fire that dwelled within the Virgin's womb, yet preserving it unburnt. So we pray you: by her intercessions, and those of St Herman and all the saints, let the fire of your Spirit burn within our hearts, renewing us, and through us, all mankind. This we ask, trusting in you, with your eternal Father, and your all-holy, good and life-creating Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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