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September 14, 2006 / Daniel

A prayer for today

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep.  We have followed too much the desires and devices of our own hearts.  We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we have ought not to have done; and there is no health in us.  But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders.  Spare thou them, oh God, which confess their faults.  Restore thou them that are penitent; according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord.  And grant, O merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy name.  Amen.



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  1. Levi Hadley / Sep 15 2006 1:29 pm

    On the subject of penitent liturgical prayers, we have one in the Orthodox Church which is said repeatedly throughout Lent, The Prayer of St. Ephraim:
    O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despondency, lust for power and idle talk.

    But grant unto me, Thy servant, a spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love.

    Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see mine own faults and not to judge my brothers and sisters. For blessed art Thou unto ages of ages. Amen.

    O God, cleanse Thou me a sinner (12 times, with as many bows, and then again the whole prayer from the beginning throughout, and after that one great prostration)

    We were at the Forgiveness Vespers (which are the beginning Great and Holy Lent), and halfway through the service this prayer kind of jumped out at me, especially when the congregation was humbly making prostration before God, asking mercy.

    More stuff from St. Ephraim:

  2. fiester25 / Sep 15 2006 2:58 pm

    Thanks for the link.

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