Lenten Prayer – Week 3

sunset3.jpgThis week’s prayer is taken from the Beliefnet Blog, The Divine Hours of Lent , a resource that I will continue to utilize for the remainder of the season. It is a reprinting of the “Litany of Penitence” from The Book of Common Prayer. It’s a beautiful prayer if not almost painful to recite. Really makes you think;

 

 

Most holy and merciful Father:
I confess to you and to the whole communion of saints
in heaven and on earth,
that I have sinned by my own fault
in thought, word, and deed;
by what I have done, and by what I have left undone.

I have not loved you with my whole heart, and mind, and strength. I have not loved my
neighbors as myself. I have not forgiven others, as I have been forgiven.
Have mercy on me, Lord.

I have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. I have not been true to the
mind of Christ. I have grieved your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on me, Lord.

I confess to you, Lord, all my past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and
impatience of my life.
I confess to you, Lord.

My self-indulgent appetites and ways, and my exploitation of other people,
I confess to you, Lord.

My anger at my own frustration, and my envy of those more fortunate than I,
I confess to you, Lord.

My intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and my dishonesty in daily life
and work,
I confess to you, Lord.

My negligence in prayer and worship, and my failure to commend the faith that is in me,
I confess to you, Lord.

Accept my repentance, Lord, for the wrongs that I have done: for my blindness to human
need and suffering, and my indifference to injustice and cruelty,
Accept my repentance, Lord.

For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward my neighbors, and for my
prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from me,
Accept my repentance, Lord.

For my waste and pollution of your creation, and for my lack of concern for those who
come after us,
Accept my repentance, Lord.

Restore me, good Lord, and let your anger depart from me.
Favorably hear me, for your mercy is great.

Accomplish in me and all of your church the work of your salvation,
that I may show forth your glory in the world.

By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
bring me with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

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