January 11th, 2007

Cross, Duo Maxwell

Modern lost sheep

Here is my attempt at a modern language version of the Confession from Morning Prayer Rite I.

Almighty and most merciful Father, we confess that we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the vices and desires of our own hearts. We have broken your holy laws, we have rebelled against your love, we have done things we should not have done, and we have failed to do the things that we ought to have done. We ask you, O Lord, to have mercy upon us, and spare those who confess their faults. We ask that you restore those who are penitent, according to the promises you gave humanity in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and conscientious life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.