Lord, Have Mercy

My friend Maria Scaperlanda posted yesterday a beautiful prayer adapted from The Book of Common Prayer.  Although it is titled a Litany for the Season of Lent, it seemed to me a perfect one to pray this morning, as we ready ourselves for the Triduum liturgy which will begin this evening.  Here it is:

Let us pray…

as this holy season of Lent gives way to the Holy Triduum:

Lord, have mercy                       

  •  We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength:
  • We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves:
  • We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven:
  • We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ has served:
  • We confess our unfaithfulness, our pride, hypocrisy, and impatience:
  • We confess our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves:
  • For our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts,and our dishonesty in daily life and work:
  • For our negligence in prayer and worship:
  • For our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty:
  • For our lack of charity toward our neighbors, for prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us:
  • For our waste and pollution of your creationand our lack of concern for those who come after us:
  • Restore us, Lord, and let your anger depart from us:
  • Accomplish in us the work of your creation:
  • By the cross and passion of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord:
  • And bring us with your saints to the joy of his resurrection:
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