Tobit prayer
  • Before communion

'I am unworthy, O Lord, to receive Thee for many and many a time have I angered
Thee by my sins, and have not yet mourned all my wicked deeds. I am unworthy, O
Lord, to receive Thee, for I have not yet cleansed myself of the dispositions and
attachments to what is not pleasing to Thee. I am unworthy, O Lord, to receive
Thee, for I have not yet surrendered in all sincerity to Thy love, Thy will and
obedience to Thee. O my God, all-powerful and infinitely good! In Thy merciful loving-
kindness, do Thou Thyself make me worthy of receiving Thee, for I run to Thee with
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1 Then I being grieved did weep, and in my sorrow prayed, saying,
2 O Lord, thou art just, and all thy works and all thy ways are mercy and truth, and
thou judgest truly and justly for ever.
3 Remember me, and look on me, punish me not for my sins and ignorances, and the
sins of my fathers, who have sinned before thee:
4 For they obeyed not thy commandments: wherefore thou hast delivered us for a
spoil, and unto captivity, and unto death, and for a proverb of reproach to all the
nations among whom we are dispersed.
5 And now thy judgments are many and true: deal with me according to my sins and
my fathers': because we have not kept thy commandments, neither have walked in
truth before thee.
6 Now therefore deal with me as seemeth best unto thee, and command my spirit to
me to die rather than to live, because I have heard false reproaches, and have much
sorrow: command therefore that I may now be delivered out of this distress, and go
into the everlasting place: turn not thy face away from me.
Tobit 13
1 Then Tobit wrote a prayer of rejoicing, and said, Blessed be God that liveth for
ever, and blessed be his kingdom.
2 For he doth scourge, and hath mercy: he leadeth down to hell, and bringeth up
again: neither is there any that can avoid his hand.
3 Confess him before the Gentiles, ye children of Israel: for he hath scattered us
among them.
4 There declare his greatness, and extol him before all the living: for he is our Lord,
and he is the God our Father for ever.
5 And he will scourge us for our iniquities, and will have mercy again, and will gather
us out of all nations, among whom he hath scattered us.
6 If ye turn to him with your whole heart, and with your whole mind, and deal
uprightly before him, then will he turn unto you, and will not hide his face from you.
Therefore see what he will do with you, and confess him with your whole mouth, and
praise the Lord of might, and extol the everlasting King. In the land of my captivity
do I praise him, and declare his might and majesty to a sinful nation. O ye sinners,
turn and do justice before him: who can tell if he will accept you, and have mercy on
7 I will extol my God, and my soul shall praise the King of heaven, and shall rejoice
in his greatness.
8 Let all men speak, and let all praise him for his righteousness.
9 O Jerusalem, the holy city, he will scourge thee for thy children's works, and will
have mercy again on the sons of the righteous.
10 Give praise to the Lord, for he is good: and praise the everlasting King, that his
tabernacle may be builded in thee again with joy, and let him make joyful there in
thee those that are captives, and love in thee for ever those that are miserable.
11 Many nations shall come from far to the name of the Lord God with gifts in their
hands, even gifts to the King of heaven; all generations shall praise thee with great
12 Cursed are all they which hate thee, and blessed shall all be which love thee for
13 Rejoice and be glad for the children of the just: for they shall be gathered
together, and shall bless the Lord of the just.
14 O blessed are they which love thee, for they shall rejoice in thy peace: blessed are
they which have been sorrowful for all thy scourges; for they shall rejoice for thee,
when they have seen all thy glory, and shall be glad for ever.
15 Let my soul bless God the great King.
16 For Jerusalem shall be built up with sapphires and emeralds, and precious stone:
thy walls and towers and battlements with pure gold.
17 And the streets of Jerusalem shall be paved with beryl and carbuncle and stones of
18 And all her streets shall say, Alleluia; and they shall praise him, saying, Blessed
be God, which hath extolled it for ever.