Confession, Lent & Cross, Orthodox

Lent Prayer – St Ephraim Of Syria

Lord God and Master of my life, take away from me the spirit of laziness, despair, lust of power, and cheap talk. Replace it with your Spirit of faithfulness, humility, patience, and love. Yes, O Lord and King, Help me to see my own fault and sin, And not to judge my brother. Blessed are You, for all eternity. Amen.  …

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Confession

Know My Poor Soul – Martin Luther

O my dearest Lord Jesus Christ,you know my poor souland my great transgressions,and I cry out to you alonewith an open heart.I am sorrythat I do not havewill or intentions as I shouldand I fall behind daily,for I am a poor, sick sinner.You knowthat I want to have good will and good intentions,but my foe strikesand leads me captive.Redeem me,a…

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Confession

I Have Fallen – Michel Quoist

I have fallen, Lord,Once more.I can’t go on, I’ll never succeed.I am ashamed, I don’t dare look at you.And yet I struggled, Lord, for I knew you were right near me, bending over me, watching.But temptation blew like a hurricane,And instead of looking at you I turned my head away,I stepped asideWhile you stood, silent and sorrowful,Like the spurned lover…

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Confession, Lent & Cross

Crucifixion Confession

Place a hand on your forehead – Christ’s crown of thorns was here. Lord Jesus: “Have mercy on me”   Place your hands  on your heart – Christ’s torture was here too. Lord Jesus: “Have mercy on me”   Place the thumb of one hand on the palm of your other hand – Christ’ nail scars were here. Lord Jesus: “Have mercy on…

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Celtic, Confession

Kyrie Eleison – From The Scottish Arbuthnott Missal

Father, True Essence of the Godhead, have mercy on us. Father, the Light and Creator of all things, have mercy on us. Father, who sealed humanity with your image, have mercy on us. Christ, True God and True Man, have mercy on us. Christ, Rising Sun, through whom are all things, have mercy on us. Christ, Perfection of Wisdom, have…

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Confession

Rebuke Us Not!

Holy god, Lord most gracious! Rebuke us not in your anger, nor chasten us in your wrath! Holy you have called us to come to you. We feel unworthy, for we have failed you again and again. We feel like running away, yet you keep calling us. Have mercy on us, O God. Have mercy! Holy God, Father most gracious!…

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Ancient, Confession, Need Or Trial

Christ Of My Failures – St Augustine

Lord, I commit my failures as well as my successes into your hands, and I bring for your healing the people and the situations, the wrongs and the hurts of the past. Give me courage, strength and generosity to let go and move on, leaving the past behind me, and living the present to the full. Lead me always to…

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Biblical, Confession

Daniel’s Confession Prayer

Daniel 9:15–19 Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Slavery with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from your city, your holy hill. Our sins and…

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Ancient, Confession, Short

The Prayer Of Ambrose

O Lord, all merciful: Light within me the fire of your Holy Spirit. Take away this heart of stone and give a heart of flesh and blood, a heart to love and adore you, a heart which may delight in you, love you and praise you, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Ancient, Confession, Short

Purity Prayer – St Gregory The Great

Almighty God, To whom all hearts are open, All desires known, And from whom no secrets are hidden, Cleanse our hearts, By the breath of your Holy Spirit, That we may fully love you, And praise well your holy name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Gregory The Great / Pope Gregory The First (~540-604) – Modern translation for clarity

Biblical, Confession

Confession Prayer From Ezra

Ezra 9:6–9 I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens. From the days of our ancestors until now, our guilt has been great. Because of our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been subjected…

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Confession

Confession – Paul E. Engle

Almighty God; we enter your presence confessing the things we try to conceal from you and the things we try to conceal from others. We confess the heartbreak, worry, and sorrow we have caused, that make it difficult for others to forgive us, the times we have made it easy for others to do wrong, the harm we have done…

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