Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love.
For sins against others
Hear me Father, as I make my confessions. I thank you that you receive me as I am—not as I pretend to be. I am so tired of pretending.
Forgive me for the times I have succeeded in deceiving my friends and loved ones, for I knew I did not deceive you. In sinning against others, I know that I have sinned against you. For have you not said plainly that those who claim to love God, and yet hate their brothers and sisters, are liars?
Father, I know that in my ignorance I have cast a shadow upon many. I have stood in the way of their discovery of your way and your presence. Oh God, forgive me.
I know that love for others is a gift of yours. How much I desire it! Yet I cannot manufacture it. Increase, I pray, your giving to me, that I may have more love toward other people.
So may I go from this place to live my Christianity every day, in the things I shall say to others, in the things I shall do for others, in the way I shall live with others, that my own witness may be made to the love of Christ Jesus, my Lord.
—The Prayers of Peter Marshall, edited by Catherine Marshall. London: Peter Davies, 1955.
Jesus falls under the weight of the cross.
J.S. Bach. In meines Herzens Grunde [Within my heart's foundation]; chorale no. 8 from the St. John Passion (BWV 245, 1724). The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists, dir. John Eliot Gardiner.
In meines Herzens Grunde |
Dein Nam und Kreuz allein
Funkelt all Zeit und Stunde,
Drauf kann ich fröhlich sein.
Erschein mir in dem Bilde
Zu Trost in meiner Not,
Wie du, Herr Christ, so milde
Dich hast geblut' zu Tod!
(Valerius Herberger, 1613)
Within my heart's foundation|
Thy name and cross alone
Shine forth each day and hour,
For which I can rejoice.
Appear to me the vision,
For strength in my distress,
How thou, Lord Christ, so gently
Didst give thy blood till death!
May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love. Amen.