An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church


Prayer for deliverance. Deprecations in the Great Litany include petitions for deliverance from all evil and wickedness, all blindness of heart, all inordinate and sinful affections, all false doctrine, lightning and tempest, and all oppression. Deprecations in the Great Litany ask for deliverance by the mystery of Christ's holy Incarnation, by Christ's agony and bloody sweat, in all times of tribulation and prosperity, in the hour of death and in the day of judgment. Each deprecation in the Great Litany is addressed to Christ, and followed by the response “Good Lord, deliver us” (BCP, pp. 148-149). Similarly, deprecations in the Litany at the Time of Death include intercessions that the dying person will be delivered from all evil, sin, and tribulation by Christ's holy Incarnation, by his cross and passion, and by the coming of the Holy Spirit. These deprecations are followed by the response “Good Lord, deliver him (or her)” (BCP, p. 463).

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