Litany of Resistance

CPTer Jim Loney wrote the "Litany of Resistance" in 1991, during the first Gulf War. It has been translated into several languages and is prayed regularly by CPT teams as a spiritual response to violence.

Litany of Resistance 

    One: Let us pray – You have learned how it is said
    All: Love your neighbor and hate your enemy
    One: But I say this to you who are listening
    All: Love your enemies
    One: Do good to those who hate you
    All: Bless those who curse you
    One: Be compassionate
    All: Judge not
    One: Do not condemn
    All: Grant pardon
    One: Because the amount you measure out
    All: Is the amount you will be given back
    One: Let everything you do
    All: Be done in love
    One: Blessed are the poor
    All: For theirs is the kingdom of God
    One: Blessed are they who mourn now
    All: For they will be comforted
    One: Blessed are the meek
    All: For they will inherit the earth
    One: Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice
    All: For they will be satisfied
    One: Blessed are the merciful
    All: For they will be shown mercy
    One: Blessed are the pure in heart
    All: For they will see God
    One: Blessed are the peacemakers
    All: For they will be called the daughters and sons of God
    One: Blessed are they who are persecuted because of righteousness
    All: For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    One: Deliver us, O God
    All: Guide our feet in the ways of your peace.
    One: In humility, we ask
    All: Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.
    One: In humility, we ask
    All: Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.
    One: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
    All: Have mercy on us
    One: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
    All: Free us from the bondage of sin and death
    One: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
    All: Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.

    One: For the victims of war
    All: Have mercy
    One: Women, men and children
    All: Have mercy
    One: The maimed and the crippled
    All: Have mercy
    One: The abandoned and the homeless
    All: Have mercy
    One: The imprisoned and the tortured
    All: Have mercy
    One: The widowed and the orphaned
    All: Have mercy
    One: The bleeding and the dying
    All: Have mercy
    One: The weary and the desperate
    All: Have mercy
    One: The lost and the forsaken
    All: Have mercy
    One: For those fleeing in terror
    All: Have mercy

    One: For our scorched and blackened earth
    All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
    One: For the scandal of billions wasted in war
    All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
    One: For our leaders who wage war in our name
    All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
    One: For our Caesars and our Herods
    All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
    One: For our generals and tacticians
    All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
    One: For the men and women in battle
    All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
    One: For the men and women training for war
    All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
    One: For the scientists and researchers
    All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
    One: For the arms dealers and the merchants of death
    All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
    One: For our taxes that fund the evil of war
    All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
    One: Deliver us, O God
    All: Guide our feet into the ways of peace
    One: In humility, we ask
    All: Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.

    One: From the arrogance of power
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the poverty of violence
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the tyranny of greed
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the ugliness of racism
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the politics of hypocrisy
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the hysteria of nationalism
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the cancer of hatred
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the seduction of wealth
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the addiction of control
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the avarice of imperialism
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the idolatry of national security
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the despair of fatalism
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the violence of apathy
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the filth of war
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the profanity of war
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the necessity of war
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the madness of war
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the blasphemy of war
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the brutality of war
    All: Deliver us
    One: From the demonic waste of war and of preparation for war
    All: Deliver us
    One: Deliver us, O God
    All: Guide our feet into the ways of peace
    One: In humility, we ask
    All: Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.

    One: Obedience to God comes before obedience to human authority
    All: Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's
    One: Let your will be done, not mine
    All: With the help of God's grace
    One: Let us resist and confront evil everywhere we find it
    All: With the help of God's grace
    One: With the waging of war
    All: We will not comply
    One: With all preparation and training for war
    All: We will not comply
    One: With the forces of fear
    All: We will not comply
    One: With the legalization of murder
    All: We will not comply
    One: With the legalization of genocide
    All: We will not comply
    One: With laws that betray human life
    All: We will not comply
    One: With the bombing of civilians
    All: We will not comply
    One: With the bombing of cities
    All: We will not comply
    One: With the violating of our earth
    All: We will not comply
    One: With the destruction of peoples
    All: We will not comply
    One: With the raping of women
    All: We will not comply
    One: With governments that are blind to the sanctity of life
    All: We will not comply
    One: With economic structures that impoverish and dehumanize
    All: We will not comply
    One: With the manipulation and control of public information
    All: We will not comply
    One: With economics that manufacture instruments of death
    All: We will not comply
    One: With economics that practice the use of instruments of death
    All: We will not comply
    One: With the perpetuation of violence
    All: We will not comply
    One: With structures that divide rich from poor
    All: We will not comply
    One: With the hypocrisy of political maneuvering
    All: We will not comply

    One: With the help of God's grace
    All: We will struggle for justice
    One: With the compassion of Christ
    All: We will stand for what is true
    One: With God's abiding kindness
    All: We will love even our enemies
    One: With the love of Christ
    All: We will resist all evil
    One: With God's unending faithfulness
    All: We will work to build the beloved community
    One: With Christ's passionate love
    All: We will carry the cross
    One: With God's overwhelming goodness
    All: We will walk as pilgrims of peace
    One: With Christ's fervent conviction
    All: We will labour for truth
    One: With God's infinite mercy
    All: We will live in solidarity with all people
    One: In the end there are three things that last
    All: Faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love
    One: Let us abide in God's love
    All: Thanks be to God.