27 March 2007

Lenten Prayers

I have deferred repentance,
and Thou hast prolonged patience,
O Thou that art mercy,
Thou that art a fountain inexhaustible.

Lancelot Andrewes

Lord, who hast died for us, beside whose awful mercy we confess that he who is not burned with love needeth to be purged with tears: Grant us such penitence as may be no reproach to us before Thine angels, and such love as shall carry us into their choirs; which praise Thee with the Father and the Holy Ghost, God most glorious, for ever.

Eric Milner-White
A Cambridge Bede Book

A Recent Anglican Prayer of Confession in Simple Language

Merciful God,
we have sinned
in what we have thought and said,
in the wrong we have done
and in the good we have not done.
We have sinned in ignorance:
we have sinned in weakness:
we have sinned through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry.
We repent and turn to you.
Forgive us, for our Saviour Christ's sake,
and renew our lives to the glory of your name.

A New Zealand Prayer Book

O Holy Jesus Christ,
grant us so to perfect our repentance
that our sins may be buried in Thy Grave;
and our hearts be prepared to greet Thee
with loving joy
on the morning of Thy resurrection,
Who didst die and wast buried
and didst rise again for us,
our only Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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