19 February 2017

Prayers for ForeLent / Pre-Lent / 'Gesimas


O everlasting God, 
let the light of Thine eternity 
now fall upon my passing days. 
O holy God,
let the light of thy perfect righteousness
fall upon my sinful ways. 
O most merciful God,
let the light of Thy love
pierce to the most secret corners of my heart
and overcome the darkness of sin within me. 

John Baillie
of blessed memory

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

Lancelot Andrewes

in Thy loving kindness 
Thou didst create and restore us when we were lost:
indwell within us and inspire us with Thy Truth,
that we may love Thee with our whole minds
and run to you with open hearts,
through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

adapted from Alcuin of York, alt.
The Mass of Wisdom

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. Amen.

 Eric Milner-White 
A Cambridge Bede Book

2 Recent Anglican Prayers 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 

God of all mercy,
we confess that we have sinned against you,
opposing your will in our lives.

We have denied your goodness in each other,
in ourselves, and in the world you have created.

We repent of the evil that enslaves us,
the evil we have done,
and the evil done on our behalf.

Forgive, restore, and strengthen us
through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
that we may abide in your love
and serve only your will. Amen.

Enriching Our Worship 1 
The Episcopal Church USA, 1997

Christ, The Book of Kells

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
 Author unknown

God of unchangeable power, when you fashioned the world the Morning Stars sang together and the Host of heaven shouted for joy;
open our eyes to the wonders of creation and teach us to use all things for good, to the honour of your glorious Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A New Zealand Prayer Book, page 569