Have mercy on me, O God,
according to Thy great mercy.
And according to the multitude
of Thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity.
Wash me yet more from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my iniquity,
and my sin
is always before me.
To Thee only have I sinned,
and have done evil
that Thou mayst be justified in Thy words,
and mayst overcome when Thou art judged.
For behold I was conceived in iniquities;
and in sins did my mother conceive me.
For behold Thou hast loved truth:
the uncertain and hidden things of Thy wisdom
Thou hast made manifest to me.
Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop,
and I shall be cleansed;
Thou shalt wash me,
and I shall be made whiter than snow.
To my hearing Thou shalt give joy and gladness:
and the bones that have been humbled shall rejoice.
Turn away Thy face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create a clean heart in me, O God:
and renew a right spirit
within my bowels.
Cast me not away from Thy face;
and take not Thy Holy Spirit
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation,
and strengthen me with a perfect spirit.
teach the unjust Thy ways;
and the wicked shall be converted to Thee.
Deliver me from blood, O God,
of my salvation:
and my tongue shall extol Thy justice.
O Lord, Thou wilt open my lips:
and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.
For if Thou hadst desired sacrifice,
I would indeed have given it:
with burnt offerings
Thou wilt not be delighted.
is an afflicted spirit:
a contrite and humbled heart, O God,
Thou wilt not despise.
Deal favourably, O Lord,
in Thy good will
that the walls of Jerusalem
may be built up.
Then shalt Thou accept the sacrifice
oblations and whole burnt offerings:
then shall they lay calves upon Thine Altar.
Glory be the the Father...
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O Christ, our Morning Star,
Splendour of Light Eternal,
shining with the glory of the rainbow,
come and waken us
from the greyness of our apathy,
and renew in us your gift of hope.
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